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Legislative Update Week 4

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Posted 1/27/17 (Fri)

Legislative Update Week 4

Week 4 of the Legislative session.

This week marked the filing deadline for Senate bills. It is a welcome surprise that we have no bills attempting to restrict women’s reproductive rights. But, we still have a lot of work in front of us this session. Here is the updated tracking grid so you can view all of the bills we are following.

A high priority bill for NDWN is HB 1386, a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination policies. The bill is up for a hearing on Wednesday at 9:00am. Attend if you are able.

Please join us for the launch of the #IAM1386 campaign, which provides North Dakotans with tools to share their stories and support the passage of HB1386.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Labor Temple

1323 E Front Ave

12:00 - 2:00pm

And

Red Raven Espresso Parlor

916 Main Ave, Fargo, ND 58103

12:00 - 2:00pm

We also encourage you to begin reaching out to your House member to support the bill. Use the simple message that all people deserve housing and job protections. Include a personal anecdote to make the message compelling. No hearing has been set, but we’ll watch and be ready to respond.

The bill to increase the state’s minimum wage is scheduled for a hearing on January 31 at 9:00am in front of House Industry, Business, and Labor. Show support and ask the members of the committee to support this increase in pay for minimum wage workers.

The bill from North Dakotans for Dental Access coalition HB 1256, legislation that would help increase dental access across the state by allowing dentists to expand the oral health team through hiring dental therapists is still in the committee under consideration. Thousands of North Dakotans do not receive regular, routine dental care because there is not enough access to providers in rural areas or, for many people with low-incomes in urban centers. This important legislation not only strives to improve access to quality dental care in the state, but also women’s economic status by providing an additional career path that is predominately populated by women. Almost 96% of dental hygiene students are women, and HB 1256 offers a career ladder with additional education and training for them that would increase their salaries.  Contact House Human Services members to urge a Do Pass recommendation and of course reach out to your House Representative to support the bill.

The bill to exempt feminine hygiene taxes went down with a vote of 3 yes and 43 no.

The Earned Income Tax Credit to help alleviate poverty got a quick Do Not Pass recommendation and awaits a floor vote.

The funding for SANE nurses that we won last session received a unanimous Do Pass recommendation and is now up for a hearing in Senate Appropriations on January 30 at 10:00am. 

The bill to get more transparency of the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, received a unanimous Do Pass recommendation and is on to the house floor.

The bill regarding ND’s voting rules  also received a Do Pass recommendation.

Be sure to reach out to the people representing you so they know where you stand.

 

Next week’s hearings of note: 

Date and Time

Bill Number

Short Title

Committee

Room

01/30/2017 09:00 AM

HB 1246

Relating to state employee claims of employment discrimination. 

House Industry, Business and Labor 

Peace Garden 

01/30/2017 09:30 AM

SB 2342

A BILL for an Act to provide for the creation of a task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children; and to provide a report to the legislative management. 

Senate Human Services 

Red River 

01/30/2017 10:00 AM  

SB 2233

Relating to the offender education program. 

Senate Judiciary 

Fort Lincoln 

01/30/2017 10:00 AM  

SB 2191

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the attorney general for SANE grants. 

Senate Appropriations 

Harvest 

01/30/2017 10:15 AM  

SB 2303

Relating to registration requirements for sexual offenders. 

Senate Judiciary 

Fort Lincoln 

01/30/2017 11:00 AM

SB 2203

A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the attorney general for human trafficking victims treatment and support services; and to provide for reports to the attorney general, legislative assembly, and legislative management. 

Senate Appropriations 

Harvest 

01/31/2017 09:00 AM  

SB 2305

Relating to a corporate income tax credit for reimbursement of employee child care expenditures; and to provide an effective date. 

Senate Finance and Taxation 

Lewis and Clark 

01/31/2017 09:00 AM 

HB 1263

Relating to the state's minimum wage. 

House Industry, Business and Labor 

Peace Garden 

01/31/2017 09:00 AM  

SB 2290

Relating to the authority of the human trafficking commission. 

Senate Judiciary 

Fort Lincoln 

01/31/2017 09:30 AM  

HB 1365

Relating to powers and duties of a guardian regarding medical decisions. 

House Human Services 

Fort Union 

01/31/2017 10:30 AM  

SB 2295

Relating to the exemption of state university and college title IX records from public disclosure; relating to the confidentiality of research information. 

Senate Education 

Sheyenne River 

01/31/2017 11:00 AM 

SB 2279

Relating to drug testing for temporary assistance to needy families program benefits. 

Senate Appropriations 

Harvest 

02/01/2017 09:00 AM  

HB 1236

Relating to prosecution of gross sexual imposition and sexual abuse of minors. 

House Judiciary 

Prairie 

02/01/2017 09:00 AM  

HB 1386

Relating to prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 

House Human Services 

Fort Union 

02/01/2017 09:45 AM  

HB 1221

Relating to the use of confidential informants by law enforcement. 

House Judiciary 

Prairie 

02/02/2017 09:10 AM 

SB 2287

Relating to the display of Indian nation flags at certain locations in the state capitol. 

Senate Government and Veterans Affairs 

Sheyenne River 

02/02/2017 09:30 AM 

SB 2337

Relating to cultural competency training; and to amend and reenact section 54-03.1-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to cultural competency training for legislators. 

Senate Government and Veterans Affairs 

Sheyenne River 

02/02/2017 10:00 AM  

SB 2343

Relating to a prohibition on using campaign funds for personal use; relating to reports of expenditures related to political activities; and to provide a penalty. 

Senate Government and Veterans Affairs 

Sheyenne River 

02/03/2017 08:00 AM  

HB 1427

A BILL for an Act to provide for the determination of refugee absorptive capacity. 

House Government and Veterans Affairs 

Fort Union 

02/03/2017 10:00 AM  

SB 2336

Relating to contributions to and expenditures of campaigns for initiated or referred measures. 

Senate Government and Veterans Affairs 

Sheyenne River