North Dakota

The Legislative Assembly convened 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 North Dakota Legislative Guide

 

2015 House Bill Introductions

HB 1068:  A bill requiring the Industrial Commission to exclude any information that is not within its jurisdiction in making a rule or decision.
Status:  Prefiled bill. Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 1/15/15. Committee amended bill and recommended Do Pass as amended (12-0) 2/6/15.  Passed House (91-0) 2/12/15. Referred to Senate Energy & Natural Resources. Hearing set 3/26/15.

HB 1077:  A bill moving the public improvements bidding threshold from $100,000 to $1 million.
Status:  Prefiled bill. Set for committee hearing 1/9/15. Referred to Political Subdivisions Committee. Committee recommends Do Not Pass (13-0); placed on House calendar 1/12/15. Passed House (51-31) 1/14/15. Motion on House floor to reconsider; bill reconsidered and Failed (41-45) 1/15/15.

HB 1083:   A bill providing for a study of how the state and state agencies shall manage statutory and regulatory requirements place on the state by agencies of the US government agencies.
Status:  Prefiled bill. Referred to Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 1/22/15. Committee reports Do Pass 1/23/15; referred to House floor. Passed House (77-16) 1/27/15. Referred to Senate Government & Veterans Affairs. Hearing set 3/26/15.

HB 1124:  A bill clarifying the every other year filing of the utility 10 year plan filing.
Status:  Prefiled bill. Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 1/16/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 1/16/15. Passed House (94-0) 1/20/15. Referred to Senate Energy & Natural Resources. Hearing set 3/26/15.

HB 1187: Limiting enforceability of some Industrial Commission Orders.
Status: Introduced 1/12/15; referred to Industry, Business & Labor. Committee recommends Do NOT pass (7-4) 2/4/15. Passed House (61-27) 2/6/15. Referred to Senate Industry, Business & Labor. Hearing set 3/25/15.  

HB 1228: A bill to extend wind tax credits carryover from 20 years to 40 years.
Status: Introduced 1/13/15; referred to Finance & Taxation. Set for hearing 2/2/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (11-2) 2/5/15. Passed House (74-19) 2/9/15. Referred to Senate Finance & Taxation. Set for hearing 3/17/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 3/24/15. Passed SEnate (45-1) 3/25/15.

HB 1249: A bill to create the Missouri River empower council, which will have members appointed from water groups, the tribes, environmental and energy groups.
Status: Introduced 1/13/15; referred to Energy & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/29/15. Set for hearing 1/29/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (11-1) 2/20/15. Passed House (80-13) 2/24/15. Referred to Senate Energy & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/12/15.

HB 1337: A bill revising public records laws: Limiting certain enforcement records disclosure, relating to multiple records requests from one person, and relating to collection of copy fees. 
Status: Introduced 1/13/15; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/22/15. Committee reports Do Pass 1/23/15; referred to House floor. Passed House (93-0) 1/27/15. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/6/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/6/15. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/9/15. Signed by Governor 3/16/15.

HB 1382:   A bill to give a cooperative the right of first refusal on a transmission line project interconnected to the existing/incumbent cooperative transmission line. 
Status:  Introduced 1/19/15; referred to Energy & Natural Resources.  Re-referred to House Industry, Business & Labor 1/23/15. Referred to Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 2/2/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 2/18/15. Passed House (92-0) 2/20/15. Referred to Senate Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/11/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) 3/12/15. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/16/15. Returned to House to concur with Senate amendment.

HB 1429:   Relating to income tax credits for residential installation of geothermal, wind, solar or biomass energy devices.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/15; referred to Finance & Taxation Committee.  Set for hearing 1/28/15. Committee amended bill and recommended Do NOT Pass as amended (10-4) 2/12/15. Failed to pass House (33-60) 2/16/15.

HB 1435:  A bill relating to the civil penalties that may be imposed for violations of open meetings/records.
Status Introduced 1/19/15; referred to Judiciary.  Set for hearing 1/16/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (13-0) 2/5/15. Failed to pass House (21-72) 2/9/15.

HB 1465:   Relating to public records held by entities located outside of the state.
Status:  Introduced 1/19/15; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/13/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (8-5) 2/16/15. Failed to pass House (46-47) 2/18/15. Bill reconsidered and Passed (52-41) 2/19/15. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/19/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (6-0) 3/19/15. Failed to pass Senate (1-44) 3/20/15.

 

 

2015 Senate Bill Introductions

SB 2037:   Relating to the taxable valuation of wind generation and relating to tax credits for wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass facilities.  
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Finance & Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 2/2/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) Passed Senate (45-0) 2/20/15. Referred to House Finance & Taxation. Set for hearing 3/16/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (11-2) 3/24/15.

SB 2055:  Requiring utilities to not only file reports on siting of its transmission/distribution lines, but also on the location of its wind generation (if any).    
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Finance & Taxation Committee. Set for hearing 1/12/15. Committee recommends Do Pass, as amended (7-0); referred to Senate floor 1/14/15. Passed Senate (47-0) 1/19/15; referred to House. Referred to House Finance & Taxation. Set for hearing 3/9/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 3/9/15. Passed House (91-0) 3/10/15. Signed by Governor 3/13/15.

SB 2120:  A bill changing the minimum application fee requirement for transmission siting applications.    
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 1/15/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended; referred to Senate floor. Passed Senate (41-6) 1/27/15. Referred to House Energy & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/5/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (12-1) 3/16/15. Passed House (86-2) 3/19/15.

SB 2122:  Clarifying that violations of the One Call Statutes (49-23) are not subject to the civil penalty fines under 49-07-01.1 (violation of PSC order, PSC rule or related statute).  
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Hearing set 1/9/15. Re-set for hearing 1/15/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 1/20/15.  Failed to pass Senate (0-47) 1/21/15. 

SB 2123:   Changing the maximum application fee for a certificate of public convenience and necessity.
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Industry, Business & Labor Committee. Set for hearing 1/13/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-1); referred to Senate floor 1/14/15. Passed Senate (43-4) 1/19/15; referred to House. Referred to House Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/9/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (12-0) 3/19/15. Passed House (87-0) 3/23/15.

SB 2124:   Clarifying that the PSC must issue a notice of filing within 30 days of receiving a service area agreement.
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Industry, Business & Labor Committee. Set for hearing 1/13/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0); referred to Senate floor 1/14/15. Passed Senate (45-0) 1/15/15. Referred to House Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/10/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 3/12/15. Passed House (91-0) 3/13/15. Returned to Senate for concurrence with House amendments. Signed by Governor 3/19/15.

SB 2133:   Clarifying that addresses and phone numbers shared with a public entity are exempt from public records laws.
Status:  Introduced 1/6/15; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs Committee.  Set for hearing 1/15/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (4-3) 2/20/15. Failed to pass Senate (20-26) 2/23/15.

SB 2135:   A bill clarifying that the Public Service Commission and a utility may agree to extensions in tariff filing periods/deadlines.
Status:  Introduced 1/6/15; referred to Industry, Business & Labor.  Set for hearing 1/13/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0); referred to Senate floor 1/14/15. Passed Senate (45-0) 1/15/15. Referred to House Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/9/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 3/10/15. Passed House (91-0) 3/11/15. Returned to Senate for concurrence on House amendments. Signed by Governor 3/25/15.

SB 2147:  A bill revising the one call rule, stating that after a second call to the One-Call, if the party has failed to begin excavation, they will be charged expenses for the third or subsequent calls/markings.
Status:  Introduced 1/8/15; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/13/15. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-2) 2/20/15. Passed Senate (28-18) 2/23/15. Referred to House Industry, Business & Labor. Set for hearing 3/23/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (10-4) 3/25/15.

SB 2201: Providing an appropriation of $15 million for the State Department of Commerce for energy-related research at state higher education institutions.
Status: Introduced 1/13/15; referred to Education Committee. Set for hearing 1/27/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (5-1) 2/2/15. Failed Senate (5-42) 2/3/15.

SB 2246: A bill to raise the public bidding threshold from $100,000 to $250,000.
Status: Introduced 1/16/15; referred to Political Subdivisions Committee. Set for hearing 1/30/15. Committee amended bill and recommended Do Pass as amended (5-0) 2/10/15.  Passed Senate (43-1) 2/13/15. Referred to House Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/13/15. Committee recommends Do NOT pass (8-5) 3/17/15. Failed to pass House (19-69) 3/23/15.

SB 2310:   Relating to the treatment of pass-through entity income tax credits for renewable energy devices.
Status:  Introduced 1/20/15; referred to Finance & Taxation. Set for hearing 2/2/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (5-2) 2/5/15. Failed to pass Senate (14-31) 2/6/15.

SB 2315:   Increasing the liability limits for political subdivisions.
Status Introduced 1/20/15; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/6/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 2/17/15. Passed Senate (47-0) 2/18/15; referred to House Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/13/15. Passed House (88-0) 3/19/15. Signed by Governor 3/25/15.

SCR 4002:  A resolution directing the Legislative Management to study statue language and usage of “political subdivision” and whether there should be differentiation between elected and non-elected political subdivisions.
Status:  Pre-filed bill. Referred to Political Subdivisions Committee. Hearing set 1/9/15. Committee reports Do Pass (6-0), placed on Senate floor calendar. Second reading on Senate floor; adopted 1/12/15. Referred to House Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/26/15.
 
SCR 4009:  A resolution to require Legislative Management to study the Industrial Commission membership as it relates to the oil and gas industry.
Status:  Introduced 1/9/15; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/23/15. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 2/20/15. Senate Failed to adopt 2/25/15.
  
SCR 4012:  A resolution directing the Legislative Management to study the privacy, security & data sharing laws in North Dakota.
StatusIntroduced 1/19/15; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/19/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 2/20/15. Adopted by Senate 2/26/15; referred to House. Referred to House Government Relations & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/19/15. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-2) 3/20/15. Adopted by House 3/23/15.