Senate Bill Introductions

SB 2034: A bill setting forth the procedure and the precedential impact of advisory opinions issued by the Ethics Commission.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/12/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0); re-referred to Judiciary 1/19/21. Committee re-considers; recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) 1/27/21. Passed Senate (42-4) 1/29/21; sent to House. Referred to House Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/12/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 3/25/21. Passed Senate (94-0) 3/29/21.

SB 2064: A bill defining “person” for the purposes of state oil and gas statutes.
Status: Pre-filed bill; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/7/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (5-1) 1/19/21. Failed to Pass Senate (7-39) 1/20/21.

SB 2091: A bill exempting owners of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations from the definitions of public utility (IOU) and cooperative utility, provided the EV charging station purchases all of its electric needs from the incumbent utility in the service territory.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing set 1/8/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 1/8/21. Passed Senate (45-0) 1/11/21. Referred to House. Referred to House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 3/4/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-0) 3/19/21. Passed Senate (94-0) 3/24/21. Signed by Governor 4/1/21.

SB 2124: A bill to permit the legislative assembly to meet virtually during an emergency or disaster.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/11/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-1) 1/20/21. Re-referred to Judiciary. Committee re-considers; recommends Do Pass as amended (6-1) 1/27/21. Passed Senate (40-7) 2/4/21. Referred to House Judiciary. Re-referred to Human Services 3/16/21. Set for hearing 3/22/21.

SB 2129: A bill to increase the liability limits for North Dakota political subdivisions.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Hearing set 1/14/21. Withdrawn from further consideration.

SB 2169: A bill to create a grant program for essential workers impacted by COVID-19.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Appropriations. Set for hearing 1/21/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (12-2) 2/17/21. Failed to pass Senate (7-40) 2/18/21.

SB 2193: Prohibiting the governor from suspending or amending election laws.
Status: Introduced 1/13/21; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/20/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (6-1) 1/20/21. Failed to Pass (5-42) 1/21/21.

SB 2228: A bill to create a nonpartisan, advisory redistricting commission.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/28/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (6-1) 1/29/21. Failed to Pass Senate (7-40) 2/2/21.

SB 2237: A bill to allow the state flexibility in adopting federal air quality rules that pertain to coal plants in the state.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Re-set for hearing 2/12/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 2/12/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 2/17/21. Referred to House Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/12/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 3/12/21. Passed House (94-0) 3/17/21. Signed by Governor 3/24/21.

SB 2238: A bill to allow the state flexibility as it relates to generation facilities in adopting regional haze programs in the state.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/11/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 2/12/21. Passed Senate (46-0) 2/17/21. Referred to House Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/12/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 3/12/21. Passed House (88-6) 3/17/21. Signed by Governor 3/24/21.

SB 2239: A bill to allow the state flexibility in adopting federal greenhouse gas laws in order to allow for needed generation within the state, including coal-fired facilities.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/11/21. Withdrawn from further consideration 2/9/21.

SB 2295: A bill to establish a net metering program for the state of North Dakota.
Status: Introduced 1/25/21; referred to Industry, Business, and Labor. Set for hearing 2/3/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (5-1) 2/4/21. Failed to pass Senate (6-39) 2/5/21.

SB 2313: A bill requiring electric utility dispatchability, reliability and price transparency—requiring sufficient back up power.
Status: Introduced 1/25/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/18/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-1) 2/19/21. Passed Senate (45-2) 2/22/21. Set for hearing 3/5/21. Re-set for hearing 3/18/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 4/5/21.

SB 2337: A bill increasing the threshold before public bidding of construction projects is required.
Status: Introduced 1/25/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/12/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 2/19/21. Failed to Pass Senate (5-41) 2/22/21.

SCR 4012: A resolution urging state policies to support the reliability and the resiliency of the electric grid; support carbon capture utilization.
Status: Introduced 1/28/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/18/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-1) 2/19/21. Passed by Senate on voice vote 2/22/21. Referred to House Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/18/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 3/19/21.


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