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TJ Jerke, Forum News Service, Published January 15 2013

North Dakota Legislature: Flood of bills beat the filing deadline

BISMARCK – As the clock ran down on a filing deadline, state House members hurried to file proposed legislation Monday, creating a shower of new bills overnight.

Now, state representatives can only file five more bills through Jan. 21. Senate members have until Jan. 28 to file their legislation.

Bills that were introduced include:

Abortion: House Bill 1305, which would prohibit abortions for sex selection or genetic abnormalities, was introduced by Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo. The bill defines Down syndrome and genetic abnormalities while also prohibiting a physician from attempting an abortion with the knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion on account of the sex of the unborn child or because the unborn child has been diagnosed with a genetic abnormality or a potential for an abnormality.

Rapid growth school districts: House Bill 1261 would provide an appropriation for school district rapid enrollment growth grants. It was introduced by Rep. David Monson, R-Osnabrock. The bill would appropriate $17 million from the state’s general fund to the superintendent of public instruction to provide a grant to any school district that can demonstrate rapid enrollment growth beginning July 1.

Water commission: House Bill 1269 would provide an appropriation to the state Water Commission for water projects and to declare an emergency. It was introduced by Rep. Jon Nelson, R-Rugby. The bill would appropriate

$11.6 million to the state Water Commission to provide grants that would assist with the local cost-share the Stutsman County rural water project, North Central rural water consortium and McLean-Sheridan rural water.

Higher education: House Bill 1204 would allow the state Board of Higher Education to award $1 in matching grants for every $2 raised by the institutional foundations at University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University, for projects dedicated exclusively to the advancement of academics. The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck.

Online

N.D. bills can be accessed and tracked during the legislative session at: www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/regular/legislative-bill-tracking-system


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