North Dakota

The Legislative Assembly will next convene Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

Missouri River Energy Services continuously monitors bills introduced in the North Dakota Legislature that could affect electric utilities in the state. North Dakota's legislature meets only in odd-numbered years.

Below is a list of the House and Senate file numbers of each bill introduced during the 2013 session and a short summary of the effect of the bill. For more information about a particular bill, click on the bill number. 

NOTICE: The legislature's web site does not necessarily contain the latest status on any given bill. If you need up-to-the-minute information on legislation call the Legislative telephone room at (888) 635-3447 or (TTY: (800) 366-6888); or contact Deb Birgen at MRES.

 

 

2015 House Bill Introductions

SB 2112:  This bill would increase the maximum application fee allowed for certificates of public convenience & necessity from $125,000 to $175,000.  (It also increases the maximum application fees for rate cases and advance determination of prudence for the IOUs). 
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Senate Industry, Business & Labor Committee. Hearing set 1/14/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0); sent to Senate floor 1/14/13. Passed Senate (46-0) 1/15/13; referred to House. Referred to House Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/11/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (10-5) 3/12/13. Passed House (55-39) 3/13/13. Signed by Governor 3/25/13.

SB 2139:  A bill to change the 10 year plan filing requirement to every other year.
Status:  Introduced 1/10/13. Referred to Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 1/24/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 1/28/13. Passed Senate (46-0) 1/30/13. Referred to House Energy & Natural Resources. Hearing set for 3/8/13. Committee reports Do Pass (12-0) 3/8/13. Referred to House floor. Passed House (90-0) 3/11/13. Signed by Governor 3/18/13.

SB  2151:  Requiring scrap metal dealers to take and keep photocopies of identification and other information for scrap metal purchases; criminal penalties for failure to comply. 
Status:  Introduced 1/11/13; referred to Judiciary Committee. Set for hearing 1/21/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 1/31/13. Passed Senate (44-0) 2/4/13. Referred to House Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/12/13. Amended and Committee recommends Do Pass 3/13/13. Passed House as amended (73-17) 3/15/13. Senate concurred with House amendments (46-0) 3/26/13. Signed by Governor 4/1/13.

SB 2291:  A bill to require IOUs, RECs and Municipals to do net metering; PSC to do rulemaking; payment to be based on a percentage of retail rate.
Status:  introduced 1/21/13; referred to Senate Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 2/1/13. Re-set for hearing 2/21/13. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 2/22/13. Failed Senate (3-44) 2/28/13.

SB 2313:  A bill clarifying that counties and cities may expend funds to hire a lobbyist.
Status:  Introduced 1/25/13; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 2/8/13. Committee recommends Do Not Pass (4-3) 2/21/13. Passed Senate (27-0) 2/27/13. Referred to House. Referred to Government and Veterans Affairs Committee; set for hearing 3/14/13. Committee recommends Do Not Pass (8-4) 3/29/13. Failed to pass House (26-66) 4/1/13.

SB 2325:  A bill to reduce the tax rate for electric distribution companies.
Status: Introduced 1/28/13; referred to Finance and Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 2/6/13. Passed Committee as amended (6-0) 2/12/13. Re-referred to Appropriations 2/15/13; set for hearing 2/20/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/21/13. Passed Senate (46-0) 2/22/23; referred to House Finance & Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 3/13/13. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 3/22/13. Passed House (93-0) 3/27/13. Senate refused to concur; conference committee appointed 4/8/13. Senate adopts conference report (46-0) 5/2/13. No further action taken during session.

 

2015 Senate Bill Introductions

HB 1030:  A bill providing that the present use and disposal of coal combustion residues in acceptable in North Dakota.
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Adopted by House Energy and Natural Resources Committee; First Engrossment 1/21/13. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (12-0) 1/21/13.  Passed House (91-0) 1/24/13. Referred to Senate Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/14/13. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (6-1) 3/15/13. Passed Senate (43-4) 3/19/13. House concurred with Senate amendments (89-1) 4/3/13. Signed by Governor 4/10/13.

HB 1106:  This bill  would change how tax revenue from generation, transmission and distribution facilities is allocated among the counties.
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to House Finance & Taxation Committee. Hearing set 1/15/13. Passed Committee (13-0) 1/24/13. Passed House (86-0) 1/28/13. Referred to Senate Finance & Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 3/11/13. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (6-0) 4/8/13. Passed Senate as amended (47-0) 4/9/13. House concurred with Senate amendments (91-0) 4/12/13. Signed by Governor 4/18.13.

HB 1121:  Stating that a property owner whose land adjoins or is adjacent to a highway, may not commence legal action affecting a facility or right of way without proper coordination with and permission from the governing body with jurisdiction over the right of way or facility.
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to House Transportation Committee. Hearing set 1/17/13. Committee reports Do Pass (11-2-1)  1/21/13; referred to House floor. Passed House (53-38) 1/24/13. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee; hearing set 2/22/13. Committee reports Do NOT pass (7-0) 4/4/13. Failed to pass Senate (0-27) 4/8/13.

HB 1178:  A bill increasing penalties assessed to utilities that fail to file applicable reports with the county auditor and tax commissioner.
Status:  Introduced 1/11/13; referred to Political Subdivisions Committee. Set for hearing 1/25/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 1/31/13. Passed House (81-7) 2/1/13. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Committee hearing set for 3/8/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/8/13. Referred to Senate floor. Passed Senate (44-2) 3/11/13. Signed by Governor 4/3/13.

HB 1186:  Clarifying that any record maintained within a legislative bill tracking system administered or operated by a public entity is an exempt record.
Status: Introduced 1/11/13; referred to Judiciary Committee. Passed House (94-0) 1/16/13; referred to House Judiciary. Referred to Senate Judiciary.  Returned to Senate floor; passed Senate (40-7) 1/17/13.  Signed by Governor 1/17/13. 

HB 1256:  A bill to require all political subdivisions to submit budget information for inclusion on the state data website.
Status:  Introduced 1/14/13; referred to Political Subdivisions Committee. Set for hearing 2/1/13. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (9-5) 2/8/13. Failed to pass (41-48) 2/15/13.

HB 1353:  A bill to extend existing renewable tax credits.
Status:  Introduced 1/18/13; referred to Finance and Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 1/30/13. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (10-4) 2/7/13. Failed to pass House (26-61) 2/11/13.

HB 1382:  Extending current sales tax exemptions for wind-powered generating facilities through to 2017.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/13; referred to House Finance and Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 1/30/13. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (8-6) 2/7/13. Failed to pass House (55-33) 2/11/13.

HB 1407: A bill requiring pipeline industry representatives to follow certain procedures and to give landowners certain warnings upon negotiation for pipeline easements.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/13; referred to House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 1/31/13. Committee recommends Do NOT pass (9-3) 2/4/13. Failed to pass House (20-72) 2/5/13.

HB 1413:  Granting a sales tax exemption for tangible personal property used to construct or expand a facility for use of coal gasification byproducts.
Status:  Introduced 1/21/13; referred to House Finance and Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 2/5/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/14/13. Passed House (94-0) 2/19/13. Referred to Senate Finance and Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 3/18/13. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 4/8/13. Passed Senate (45-0) 4/11/13. Signed by Governor 4/19/13.

HCR 3011:  A resolution to amend the state constitution to require a fiscal impact analysis of certain initiated measures.
Status:  Introduced 1/15/13; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 3/6/13. Passed committee (9-2) 3/19/13. Passed House (75-17) 3/21/13. Referred to Senate Judiciary committee. Set for hearing 4/1/13.Committee reports Do Pass as amended (4-3) 4/3/13. Adopted by Senate, as amended (25-20) 4/4/13. House refused to concur; conference committee appointed 4/16/13. House adopted Conference Report (54-35) 4/22/13. Senate adopts conferenc committee report (29-18) 4/24/13.