This is the fourth official legislative day and the sixth day of people meeting to make laws. So far, 441 bills have been put into the system for review and most expect there to be somewhere between 1,200 and 1,400, eventually. Last session there were approximately 900. There are a couple of weeks left to introduce, so rumors abound as to what is going to appear, and reasons why more have not.
Besides the flex funding discussed in blog #2, here are other topics that have been spat out: Bridges have one (HB 1127) that allows counties to replace a bridge that is washed away without a lengthy bid-letting process. Another (HB 1147) would use Legacy Fund earnings to establish a $100 million county and township bridge fund. Drainage bills include SB 2036 which fuses two parts of the Century Code to reduce confusion and SB 2037 establishes more control over drainage by the Department of Water Resources as well as an economic analysis on every parcel in an assessment drain area. HB 1148 would bring about an ag infrastructure fund that would flow through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s office. Animal feeding is intertwined with corporate farming laws, and we will see something soon along with on-farm storage sales tax proposals. So far there is a lot of Jell-O yet to be poured into molds let alone firmed up.
Murphy’s Law Blog 2023 | #21
Snow Removal Relief
Got any snow? SB 2183 just passed on the House floor and should be able to become law upon the Governor signing it within a few days. It...
Murphy’s Law Blog 2023 | #20
Zoning, Roads and Bridges
A Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, especially if you don’t need to travel. One of the benefits of being in the Capitol building is that from...