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Janell Cole, Published March 08 2009

Weapons, zoning among talks this week in North Dakota Legislature

BISMARCK – Three hearings on two hot topics, extraterritorial zoning and concealed weapons on campuses, are among the issues getting hearings this week at the Legislature.

For links to all bills, hearing schedules, legislators’ contact information, floor session calendars, committee members and other information, go to www.legis.nd.gov.

Other highlights in the hearing schedule:

Monday

- House Bill 1400 – Main K-12 schools funding bill, with career counseling, pre-kindergarten, merit diplomas, 8:30 a.m., Senate Education, Missouri River Room.

- Senate Bill 2121 – Add three more state district judges, 9 a.m., House Judiciary, Prairie Room.

- House Bill 1019 – Budget bill for state Parks and Recreation Department, including the International Peace Garden, 10:30 a.m., Senate Appropriations, Harvest Room.

- House Bill 1368 – Requires fire-safe cigarettes, 2:30 p.m., Senate Finance and Tax, Lewis and Clark Room.

- House Bill 1418 – Child care program, 9 a.m., Senate Human Services, Red River Room.

- Senate Bill 2393 – Emergency snow removal grants, 3 p.m., House Appropriations, Roughrider Room.

- Senate Bill 2063 – Tobacco control committee funds, 2:15 p.m., House Appropriations, Roughrider Room.

- Senate Bill 2166 – Tuition assistance grants, 9 a.m., House Education, Pioneer Room.

- Senate Bill 2062 – Merit scholarships known as Opportunity Grants,

10 a.m., House Education Committee, Pioneer Room.

- Senate Bill 2199 – Governor’s $300 million property tax relief bill, 2:30 p.m., House Finance and Tax, Fort Totten Room.

- Senate Bill 2198 – Traumatic brain injury services, 9 a.m., House Human Services, Fort Union Room.

- Senate Bill 2225 – Child care grants, 10:30 a.m., House Human Services, Fort Union Room.

Tuesday

- Senate Bill 2202 – Mandates kindergarten attendance, 9:45 a.m., House Education, Pioneer Room.

- Senate Bill 2389 – Changes name of state school of forestry, now called Minot State University-Bottineau, to Dakota College at Bottineau, 2 p.m., Pioneer Room.

- House Bill 1350 – $5 million in state funds for applied energy research center at Bismarck State College; opponents say it duplicates the Energy and Environmental Research Center at UND, 2:45 p.m., Senate Appropriations, Harvest Room.

- HB 1061, 1037, 1561, 1201 – Workers’ compensation bills, including one to replace work injury-related glasses, hearing aids, starting 9 a.m., Senate Industry Business and Labor, Roosevelt Park Room.

- Senate Bill 2221 – Tax credit for coal plants that capture carbon dioxide, 10 a.m., House Finance and Tax, Fort Totten Room.

- Senate Bill 2209 – Bans human trafficking, sixth of six bill hearings scheduled consecutively starting at 9 a.m., House Judiciary, Prairie Room.

Wednesday

- Senate Bill 2217 – Criminal penalty for parents or guardians if children not attending school, 10:30 a.m., House Education, Pioneer Room.

- House Bill 1503 – Creates disaster relief fund, 8:30 a.m., Senate Appropriations, Harvest Room.

- House Bill 1088 – Bars search warrants from accessing tax information; Cass County law enforcement opposes bill, 9 a.m., Senate Finance, Lewis and Clark Room.

- House Bill 1231 – Creates mobile dental care service, 10 a.m., Senate Human Services, Red River Room.

- Senate Bill 2229 – Apportioning oil and gas taxes, 10:30 a.m., House Finance and Taxation, Fort Totten Room.

- Senate Bill 2427 – Income tax credit for installing geothermal energy system, 11 a.m., House Finance and Taxation, Fort Totten Room.

- Senate Bill 2412 – Fetal alcohol center grant, 10 a.m., House Human Services, Fort Union Room.

- Senate Concurrent Resolution 4002 – Study state workforce, 2 p.m., House Industry, Business and Labor, Peace Garden Room.

- Senate Bills 2210 and 2111 – Penalties for injuring or killing service animals and law enforcement service animals, 9 a.m., House Judiciary, Prairie Room.

Thursday

- House Bill 1554 – Extraterritorial zoning, 9 a.m., Senate Government and Veterans Affairs, Brynhild Haugland Room.

- House Bill 1348 – Concealed weapons in college campus apartments, 2 p.m., Brynhild Haugland Room. Location could change.

- Senate Bill 2027 – Extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction sharing, 2 p.m., House Political Subdivisions, Brynhild Haugland Room.

- House Bill 1306 – Expands the 24/7 sobriety program statewide for parole-probation clients, 10:45 a.m., Senate Appropriations, Harvest Room.

- House Bill 1090 – Child care assistance, 3 p.m., Senate Appropriations, Harvest Room.

- House Bill 1045 – Continues ban on severed hunting rights, 9:45 a.m., Senate Natural Resources Committee, Fort Lincoln Room.

- House Bill 1389 – Firearms in public parks, 9:30 a.m., Senate Political Subdivisions, Red River Room.

- House Bill 1451 – Penalty increase for open burning violations, 10:15 a.m., Senate Political Subdivisions, Red River Room.

- House Bill 1068 – Minimum auto insurance coverage increase, 9 a.m., Senate Transportation Committee, Lewis and Clark Room.

- House Bill 1038 – Allows work permits for drivers whose licenses are suspended for nonpayment of child support, 10:15 a.m., Lewis and Clark Room

- Senate Bill 2298 – Revenue bonds for Red River Valley Water Supply Project, 9 a.m., House Natural Resources, Pioneer Room.

- Senate Bill 2070 – Bans smoking in vehicles if juvenile under 16 present, 10:30 a.m., House Transportation, Fort Totten Room.

- Senate Bill 2385 – New state license plates, 2 p.m. House Transportation, Fort Totten Room.

Friday

- House Bill 1509 – Requirements for wind easement and wind energy leases, 9 a.m., Senate Natural Resources, Fort Lincoln Room.

- Senate Bill 2425 – Report on constructing state agency facilities on Capitol Grounds, 8 a.m., House Government and Veterans Affairs, Fort Union Room.


Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum. She can be reached at (701) 224-0830 or forumcap@btinet.net