House Bill Introductions

HB 1043: A bill setting forth the procedure for a complaint filed before the state Ethics Commission; providing for investigations and hearings; providing protection for confidential information; and providing for advisory opinions.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Judiciary Committee. Set for hearing 1/6/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-1) 1/12/21; re-referred to Judiciary 1/13/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (12-2) 2/18/21. Passed House (79-12) 2/23/21. Referred to Senate Judiciary. Set for hearing 3/10/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) 3/22/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/24/21. House concurs in Senate amendment (70-23) 4/1/21. Signed by Governor 4/16/21.

HB 1057: A bill to increase the liability limits that a political subdivision would be subject to in litigation.
Status: Pre-filed bill; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/7/21 at 9 a.m. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (13-1) 1/18/21. Passed House (89-3) 1/20/21. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/18/21. Committee reports Do Pass (7-0) 3/3/21. Passed Senate (46-1) 3/4/21. Signed by Governor 3/10/21.

HB 1059: A bill requiring any excavator that damages property involving natural gas or chemicals, must call 911.
Status: Pre-filed bill; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 1/15/21. Passed House (88-2) 1/19/21. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/18/21. Committee reports Do Pass (7-0) 3/3/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/5/21. House concurs in Senate amendments (93-1) 4/13/21. Signed by Governor 4/19/21.

HB 1060: A bill giving the Public Service Commission the authority to request public utilities (IOUs) to test electric meters.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/14/21.Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 1/14/21. Passed House (89-0) 1/15/21. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/19/21. Committee reports Do Pass (7-0) 3/3/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/4/21. Signed by Governor 3/9/21.

HB 1061: A bill allowing additional extensions of time for informal conferences and permit renewals before the Public Service Commission.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 1/14/21. Passed House (90-0) 1/15/21. Referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/18/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 2/22/21. Passed Senate (46-0) 3/3/21. Signed by Governor 3/9/21.

HB 1067: A bill increasing the potential Public Service Commission fees chargeable to a utility in reviewing/approving an Integrated Resource Plan.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/14/21.Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 1/14/21. Passed House (90-0) 1/15/21. Referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/11/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 4/1/21.Passed Senate (47-0) 4/6/21. Signed by Governor 4/19/21.

HB 1095: A bill that would require wind facilities exceeding 5 MW to receive a certificate of site compatibility prior to re-powering.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/14/21.Committee reports Do Pass (10-4) 1/14/21. Passed House (79-11) 1/15/21. Referred to Senate. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/4/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/8/21. Passed Senate (45-1) 3/9/21. Signed by Governor 3/17/21.

HB 1118: A bill limiting the duration of a Gubernatorial declaration of emergency; Governor may only extend the declaration with legislative approval.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Human Services Committee. Set for hearing 1/11/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (10-4) 2/2/21. Passed House (88-6) 2/5/21. Referred to Senate Human Services. Set for hearing 3/30/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (6-0) 4/9/21. Passed Senate as amended (47-0) 4/12/21. House concurs with Senate amendments (85-3) 4/16/21. Signed by Governor 4/21/21.

HB 1138: A bill setting forth triple and punitive damages for suit against a city or city employees for violating a person’s free speech rights under the state constitution.
Status: Introduced 1/8/21; referred to Judiciary Committee. Set for hearing 1/20/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (12-1) 2/4/21. Failed to pass House (28-66) 2/10/21.

HB 1167: A bill to commission a study of property tax equity and the creation of a central taxing authority.
Status: Introduced 1/8/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 1/21/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 1/22/21. Passed House (92-0) 1/27/21. Referred to Senate Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 3/23/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 3/29/21. Failed to Pass Senate (2-45) 3/30/21.

HB 1169: A bill allowing a person to require a state agency or institution stop any activity the person believes is in competition with their privately owned enterprise.
Status: Introduced 1/8/21; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/26/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (13-0) 1/27/21. Failed to pass House (9-85) 2/2/21.

HB 1173: Requiring the full text of constitutional amendments, initiated or referred amendments be made available to voters on ballots.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/28/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 2/9/21. Passed House (85-9) 2/16/21. Referred to Senate Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/4/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 3/5/21. Re-referred to Government and Veterans Affairs 3/8/21. Set for hearing 3/19/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 3/26/21. Failed to Pass Senate (13-34) 3/30/21.

HB 1175: A bill relieving businesses from litigation liability for exposure to COVID-19, unless it is shown that the business acted intentionally or with malice leading to the COVID exposure.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/27/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (9-4) 2/3/21. Passed House (77-17) 2/5/21. Referred to Senate Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 3/10/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-1) 3/15/21. Passed Senate as amended (41-6) 3/17/21. House refused to concur 4/5/21; conference committee appointed. Conferees: Reps. Nehring, Lefor and Stemen; and Sens. Klein, Vedaa and Marcellais. Conference report provided to House/Senate 4/12/21. Conference report adopted by House (79-15) 4/13/21. Senate adopts conference report (40-7) 4/15/21. Signed by Governor 4/23/21.

HB 1180: A bill limiting the governor’s authority during a declared state of emergency or disaster.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/21/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 1/26/21. Passed House (93-0) 2/2/21. Referred to Senate Judiciary. Set for hearing 3/3/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/5/21. Re-referred to Judiciary 3/9/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/16/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/16/21. Passed Senate (34-13) 3/17/21. Signed by Governor 3/29/21.

HB 1182: A bill clarifying local parties will fill the vacancy of a candidate; clarifies declaring a party for candidacy.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/21/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (11-3) 2/1/21. Failed to Pass House (36-55) 2/8/21.

HB 1198: Limiting the governor’s authority regarding setting polling places during a state emergency/disaster.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/21/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (11-2) 2/8/21. Passed House (77-7) 2/16/21. Referred to Senate Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/5/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (5-2) 3/18/21. Passed Senate (25-20) 3/19/21. Motion to reconsider; Failed to Pass Senate (23-24) 3/22/21.

HB 1256: Prohibiting political subdivisions from soliciting or accepting donations for elections operations or administration; prohibiting the governor from endorsing a candidate.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 1/21/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (11-3) 2/1/21. Passed House (78-13) 2/8/21. Referred to Senate Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/5/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (5-2) 3/5/21. Passed Senate (24-22) 3/8/21. Signed by Governor 4/16/21.

HB 1271: Relieving employers of COVID-19-related liability, provided the employer substantially complied with state protocols.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Education. Re-referred to Business and Labor Committee 1/12/21. Set for hearing 1/27/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (11-2) 1/28/21. Failed to pass House (14-79) 2/3/21.

HB 1292: A bill requiring an electric utility closing a generation facility (coal plant) located in North Dakota to provide public hearings, notice and employment transition.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Withdrawn from further consideration 1/28/21.

HB 1295: Updating the gift laws and lobbyist contribution restrictions consistent with the state Ethics Commission's rules.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. Set for hearing 2/18/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (13-1) 2/22/21. Passed House (86-7) 2/24/21. Referred to Senate Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 4/1/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (7-0) 4/1/21. Passed Senate (46-1) 4/6/21. Signed by Governor 4/19/21.

HB 1301: Prohibiting businesses from mandating vaccinations, with exceptions for the health care industry.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/27/21. Committee reports to floor as amended with no recommendation (10-4) 2/3/21. Bill divided into two parts—Division A and Division B; both divisions failed to pass 2/4/21.

HB 1307: Prohibiting refusal of public accommodations to persons not vaccinated.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Human Services. Set for hearing 1/19/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (11-3) 2/2/21. Failed to Pass House (24-68) 2/4/21.

HB 1314: Requirements of disclosure and notice for certain cybersecurity breaches.
Status: Introduced 1/11/21; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 2/1/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (14-0) 2/10/21. Passed House as amended (93-0) 2/18/21. Referred to Senate Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 3/8/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (6-0) 3/9/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/10/21. Signed by Governor 3/23/21.

HB 1323: Limiting the ability for state or local government to implement a mask mandate.
Status: Introduced 1/12/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/4/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (9-5) 2/12/21. Passed House (50-44) 2/22/21. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 4/1/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (6-1) 4/6/21. Bill amended on Senate floor; passed as amended (30-17) 4/7/21. House concurs in Senate amendments (67-24) 4/12/21. Vetoed by Governor 4/22/21. House Passed over veto (66-27); Senate Passed over veto (32-15) 4/22/21.

HB 1324: A bill to limit zoning to property taken by eminent domain; requiring additional compensation if the taking by eminent domain was deemed unnecessary.
Status: Introduced 1/12/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/12/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (8-5) 2/19/21. Failed to pass House (17-77) 2/23/21.

HB 1330: A bill prohibiting the sale or dissemination of users’ protected data (screen names, passwords, etc.).
Status: Introduced 1/13/21; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 2/9/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (12-1) 2/10/21. Failed to pass House (19-75) 2/18/21.

HB 1349: A bill making several changes to open meetings/public records, including: requiring meetings by electronic means include access information in the meeting notice, exempting active litigation information/recordings from public records, and clarifying that attending conferences in which no business is discussed is not a meeting.
Status: Introduced 1/14/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/5/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (13-1) 2/16/21. Passed House (90-4) 2/23/21. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/25/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) 3/26/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/29/21. House concurs in Senate amendments (77-16) 4/13/21. Signed by Governor 4/19/21.

HB 1376: A bill to relieve employers from COVID-19 exposure liability.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 1/27/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (11-2) 2/8/21. Passed House (80-14) 2/16/21. Referred to Senate Industry, Business and Labor. Set for hearing 3/10/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (6-0) 3/16/21. Failed to Pass Senate (1-46) 3/17/21.

HB 1397: A bill implementing a legislative redistricting plan.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/11/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (12-0) 2/19/21. Passed House (86-8) 2/23/21. Referred to Senate Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 3/26/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (7-0) 4/1/21. Passed Senate as amended (47-0) 4/5/21. House concurs with Senate amendments (90-3) 4/15/21. Signed by Governor 4/21/21.

HB 1412: A bill exempting certain utilities/generation facilities from the coal conversion tax in favor of a lignite research tax.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 2/3/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0); re-referred to Appropriations 2/3/21. Appropriations Committee recommends Do pass (20-1) 2/5/21. Passed House (85-6) 2/12/21. Referred to Senate Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 3/17/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (6-1) 3/26/21. Re-referred to Appropriations; set for hearing 3/31/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-1) 4/12/21. Passed Senate as amended (43-4) 4/14/21. House concurs with Senate amendments (84-5) 4/16/21. Signed by Governor 4/22/21.

HB 1451: Campaign finance; limiting political advertisements and reporting the true source of campaign funds.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Political Subdivisions. Set for hearing 2/12/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (11-1) 2/19/21. Failed to pass House (14-80) 2/23/21.

HB 1452: Establishing a new code chapter for a clean sustainable energy authority and setting up a clean, sustainable energy fund.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/28/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (11-2) 2/5/21. Re-referred to Appropriations. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (17-4) 2/17/21. Passed House (86-7) 2/22/21. Referred to Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Set for hearing 3/19/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (5-1) 3/25/21. Re-referred to Appropriations. Set for hearing 4/5/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (13-1) 4/12/21. Passed Senate as amended (41-6) 4/13/21. House concurs with Senate amendments (76-12) 4/16/21. Signed by Governor 4/26/21.

HB 1455: A bill regarding public notice and meetings, rate impact calculations, community impact analysis, and a reclamation plan before the closure or retirement of a generation unit of more than 50 MW (more than 500 kW for a wind facility).
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 2/4/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended (13-0) 2/8/21. Passed House (94-0) 2/16/21. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/5/21. Re-set for hearing 3/19/21. Committee recommends Do Pass as amended ( 6-0) 4/1/21. Passed Senate as amended (47-0) 4/5/21. House concurs with Senate amendments (93-0) 4/14/21. Signed by Governor 4/19/21.

HB 1458: Providing grants for grid reliability and resiliency resources; supplemental wind generation tax.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Finance and Taxation. Set for hearing 1/25/21. Re-set for hearing 2/2/21. Withdrawn from further consideration 2/11/21.

HB 1461: Setting a procedure for filling legislative assembly vacancies.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/11/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (14-0) 2/12/21. Passed House (94-0) 2/23/21. Referred to Senate Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/19/21. Committee reports Do Pass (7-0) 3/23/21. Passed Senate (47-0) 3/24/21. Signed by Governor 4/1/21.

HB 1468: Every health provider and every employer providing vaccinations shall provide information regarding risks of the vaccination.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Human Services. Set for hearing 1/25/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (8-6) 2/2/21. Failed to Pass (46-47) 2/4/21. Motion to reconsider failed 2/5/21.

HB 1490: A bill prohibiting the governor from endorsing or financing candidates for office.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/4/21. Withdrawn from further consideration 2/11/21.

HB 1491: A bill to provide funding for the Industrial Commission to encourage research into the implementation of hydrogen energy.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 1/28/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (8-4) 2/4/21. Failed to pass House (38-54) 2/10/21.

HB 1496: Implementing and revising the reporting of expenditures for political purposes.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/5/21. Committee recommends Do Pass (12-2) 2/22/21. Passed House (86-7) 2/24/21. Referred to Senate Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 3/25/21. Committee recommends Do NOT Pass (7-0) 4/1/21. Failed to pass Senate (2-45) 4/6/21.

House Concurrent Resolutions

HCR 3003: A resolution urging the adoption of a measure to require that initiated measures to change the state Constitution be limited to only one subject matter.
Status: Introduced 1/5/21; referred to Judiciary. Set for hearing 1/25/21. Withdrawn from further consideration 2/12/21.

HCR 3017: A resolution calling for a requirement of at least 55 percent of the votes cast to pass an initiated constitutional measure.
Status: Introduced 1/25/21; referred to Judiciary. Withdrawn from further consideration 2/12/21.

HCR 3018: A resolution restricting initiated measures to a single subject.
Status: Introduced 1/18/21; referred to Government and Veterans Affairs. Set for hearing 2/19/21. Withdrawn from further consideration.

HCR 3025: A resolution urging the federal government to refrain from enacting regulations that threaten electric reliability and affordability.
Status: Introduced 1/28/21; referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Committee recommends Do Pass (13-0) 2/5/21. Adopted by House 2/15/21. Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Set for hearing 3/5/21. Committee reports Do Pass (5-1) 3/8/21. Adopted by Senate 3/9/21. Filed with Secretary of State 3/12/21.


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