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Published January 27 2011

North Dakota Legislature: Bills address health care, stamps, Welk homestead

BISMARCK – Taking a stand against federal health care reform, asking for a stamp to honor coal miners and providing money for the Lawrence Welk homestead are among the bills that lawmakers filed this session.

Here’s a brief summary of some recent legislation:

Health care

Senate Bill 2309 is among the pieces of legislation from North Dakota Republicans to oppose the federal health care reform law.

The bill aims to have the Legislature declare that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are not authorized by the U.S. Constitution and violate its true meaning and intent.

The bill would declare the federal health care legislation to be invalid in North Dakota.

Sex offenders

House Bill 1435 states a sexual offender assigned a moderate or high-risk level by the attorney general may not use a state park as a residence or a residential address to comply with registration requirements.

Stamp

House Concurrent Resolution 3021 urges the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee of the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative stamp honoring coal miners and their contributions to the nation.

Ronald Reagan

House Concurrent Resolution 3013 would have the state recognize Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day in North Dakota.

Lawrence Welk

Senate Bill 2291 would provide $25,000 to the State Historical Society for operating costs related to the Lawrence Welk homestead in Strasburg.

Students

Senate Bill 2278 says each school district shall provide a list of juniors and seniors – along with their addresses and telephone numbers – to each of the state’s public colleges and private four-year colleges.

Finneman is a multimedia reporter

for Forum Communications Co.