After testifying on HB 1370, which would allow a sales tax exemption on the construction of grain bins for the next two years, it came to the floor. The committee vote was 8 to 5. We expected it to be close and it turned out the ratio was kind of similar as it passed on the floor 55-36. So now it will crossover to the Senate for trial there.
Today, I introduced NDSGA Executive Director Nancy Johnson so she could explain HB 1437, an effort that would use existing regional planning councils to help counties and townships get zoning in order. While it can be applied to many things, the NDSGA’s focus is to smooth the road for animal feeding operations. It moved out with an 8-2-3 Do Pass recommendation and goes to appropriations with a $1.2 million fiscal note.
Meanwhile, I ran down to speak in favor of SB 2259, a bill that would reduce the fee paid yearly to the North Dakota State Auditor’s Office. The fees for commodity groups have been causing concern and a cap is being pursued. It’s a big couple of days as the eminent domain for carbon pipelines has a few bills to sort through and the North Dakota Beef Commission board process is up for discussion. Tomorrow, the corporate farming bill, HB 1371, will be presented.
We had good action on two animal ag development bills today. After a positive hearing last week on HB 1437, the Senate Agriculture...