2017 House Bill Introductions

HB 1020: A bill regarding various funding of state conservation allocations, energy funding and energy efficiency funding. Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to House Appropriations. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (17-2) 2/20/17. Passed House as amended (78-13) 2/22/17. Referred to Senate Appropriations; set for hearing 3/16/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (14-0) 4/4/17. Passes Senate as amended (45-2) 4/5/17. Conference Committee appointed (Representatives Schmidt, Streyle, Boe; Senators G. Lee, Sorvaag, Robinson). Conference committee report presented; adopted by House (76-11) 4/25/17. Conference report adopted by Senate (47-0) 4/26/17. Signed by the Governor 5/2/17.

HB 1026: A bill to revise the One Call law: providing a 48 hour locate period excluding weekends/holidays and revising the One Call Board as a nine member board with various utility and city representation. Status: Pre-filed bill. Assigned to House Industry, Business, & Labor Committee. Hearing set Jan. 4, 2017. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 1/5/17.  Sent to House floor. Passed House (91-1) 1/10/17; referred to Senate Industry, Business, and Labor. Set for hearing 3/1/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (5-0) 3/2/17. Passed Senate (46-0) 3/3/17. Signed by the Governor 3/10/17.

HB 1028: A bill to extend the sales and use tax exemptions for construction materials for wind generation facilities. Status: Pre-filed bill. Referred to Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 1/24/17. Committee reports Do NOT Pass (13-1) 1/31/17.  Failed to Pass House (83-9) 2/1/17.

HB 1090: A bill clarifying that bids received by a public entity are exempt from open meetings law until all bids have been received and opened; all proposals received in response to an RFP are also exempt until an award is made. Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/6/17. Adopted by committee 1/6/17. Passed House (87-4) 1/12/17. Referred to Senate. Referred to Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (5-0) 2/23/17. Re-referred to Government and Veterans Affairs 3/1/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (6-0) 3/10/17. Passed Senate as amended (47-0) 3/14/17. House concurred with Senate amendments (89-1) 4/5/17. Signed by Governor 4/11/17.

HB 1108: A bill that declares that information received by the state department of emergency services or by state and local intelligence center regarding cyber security threats, breaches, etc. are not subject to public records laws. Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/6/17. Committee reports Do Pass (14-0) 1/9/17. Sent to House floor. FAILED to pass House (50-42) 1/10/17. Reconsidered and re-referred to House Government and Veterans Affairs 1/11/17. Reported back as amended Do Pass (9-2) 11/30/17. Passed House (89-1) 2/2/17. Referred to Senate. Referred to Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Committee reports Do Pass (5-0) 2/23/17. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/1/17; returned to House. Sent to Governor 3/8/17. Signed by the Governor 3/10/17.

HB 1144: A bill to revise siting statutes so that transmission siting and pipeline siting have their own distinct process. Status: Introduced 1/3/17; referred to Energy And Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/12/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 1/17/17. Passed House (90-0) 1/19/17. Referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. Set for hearing 3/10/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (7-0) 3/20/17. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/22/17. House concurs with Senate amendments (91-0) 4/4/17. Signed by Governor 4/10/17.

HB 1162A bill to require a ND PSC study whenever there may be competition between a state agency or institution and private enterprise. Status: Introduced 1/6/17; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/16/17. Amended and recommend Do Pass (12-2) 1/26/17. Passed House (83-8) 1/31/17; referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Industry, Business and Labor committee. Set for hearing 3/15/17. Committee reports Do NOT Pass (6-1) 3/15/17. Fails to pass Senate (5-41) 3/16/17. 

HB 1168: A bill to prohibit a political subdivision for paying for public employees to attend legislative meetings. Status: Introduced 1/6/17; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (14-0) 2/10/17. Failed to Pass House (5-86) 2/20/17.

HB 1181A bill regarding the termination of wind option agreements and wind easements. Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Energy & Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/20/17. Committee amends and recommends Do Pass (9-4) 2/13/17. Passed House (89-3) 2/21/17. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 3/09/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (7-0) 3/24/17. Amended and passed Senate (46-0) 3/28/17. House concurs with Senate amendments (88-1) 4/5/17. Signed by Governor 4/13/17.

HB 1189: A bill to increase the threshold for state agency public bidding. Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee reports Do Pass (12-0) 1/20/17; referred to House floor. Passed House (93-0) 1/25/17. Referred to Senate Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/16/17. Re-set for hearing 3/16/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (6-0) 3/24/17. Passed Senate as amended (45-0) 3/27/17. House concurs with Senate amendments (88-0) 4/5/17. Signed by Governor 4/13/17.

HB 1191: A bill to require that when a political subdivision acquires a bank loan, the subdivision's auditor must be a signee to the loan. Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/19/17. Committee reports Do Pass (14-0) 1/19/17. Passed House (89-0) 1/23/17. Referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/2/17. Committee reports Do Pass (6-0) 3/2/17. Passed Senate (46-0) 3/3/17. Signed by Governor 3/13/17. 

HB 1209: A bill to establish a state department of Environmental Quality and to take on some of the duties of the State Department of Health. Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Energy & Natural Resources. Withdrawn from further consideration 1/16/17. 

HB 1229: A bill to allow landlords to purchase utility services for tenants. Status: Introduced 1/9/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/26/17. Reported back Do NOT Pass (8-6) 1/27/17. Failed to Pass House (16-77) 2/1/17.

HB 1290A bill to revise bidding for public improvements. Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/27/17. Committee reports Do Pass (8-6) 1/31/17. Failed to pass House (61-29) 2/2/17.

HB 1298: A bill to prohibit counties, cities, and townships from contracting with lobbyists and prohibiting lobbyists from receiving public funds from political subdivisions. Status: Introduced 1/12/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 1/27/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (13-1) 2/10/17. Failed to Pass House (8-83) 2/20/17.

HB 1345: A bill to revise various aspects of public records laws including defining personal information that is not public; clarifying that a public entity may not ask the reason a record is being requested, and guidelines for when a party is allowed to use their own devise to duplicate a record (e.g. cell phone pictures of records). Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/30/17. Committee reports Do Pass (14-0) 1/31/17. Passed House (91-0) 2/13/17. Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. Set for hearing 3/6/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (6-0) 3/7/17. Passed by Senate (47-0) 3/9/17. Returned to House for concurrence vote 3/10/17. House concurs with Senate amendments (91-1) 4/4/17. Signed by Governor 4/11/17.

HB 1372: A bill adding a supplemental wind generation tax. Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Finance & Taxation Committee. Set for hearng 2/1/17. Committee reports Do NOT Pass (14-0) 2/1/17. Failed to Pass House (89-0) 2/7/17.

HB 1385: A bill regarding municipal refunding bonds. Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/9/17. Committee recommends Do Pass (11-1) 2/10/17. Passed House (86-0) 2/17/17. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions Committee. Set for hearing 3/10/17. Committee reports Do Pass (6-0) 3/13/17. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/14/17. Signed by Governor 3/23/17. 

HB 1398: A bill exempting certain Natural Gas Public Utilities from PSC rate jurisdiction upon request from the municipality. Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Government & Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/2/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (11-2) 2/9/17. Passed House (68-21) 2/16/17. Referred to Senate Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Re-referred to Energy and Natural Resources; set for hearing 3/9/17. Committee reports Do Pass as amended (4-3) 3/20/17. Passed Senate as amended (39-8) 3/23/17. House concurs with Senate amendments (76-16) 4/4/17. Signed by Governor 4/11/17.

HB 1410: A bill to change lobbyist disclosure forms, definition of lobbying. Bill also requires lobbyists report meals, beverages, registration, conference and other expenses. Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 1/26/17. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (11-2) 2/20/17. Failed to pass House (17-75) 2/21/17.

HB 1431: A bill relating to the legislative ethics committee. Status: Introduced 1/16/17; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/26/17. Committee amends and recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/20/17. Passed House as amended (91-0) 2/21/17. Referred to Senate Government And Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 3/16/17. Committee reports Do Pass (6-0) 3/23/17. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/24/17. Signed by Governor 3/29/17.


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