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Bills of Interest

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North Dakota United is hard at work this legislative session tracking the bills that most greatly affect our members and their communities. The list below is updated every Friday. Please contact us at comments@ndunited.org if you would like information regarding NDU’s stance on a bill not on the list.

 

Trust Our Teachers Bills:

At a time when only 50% of North Dakota teachers say they are likely to retire as a teacher, some legislators are working to silence teachers. This would shift money away from public schools, deepening North Dakota’s teacher retention and recruitment crisis. These radical changes could hit rural and small-town schools the hardest and cause neighborhood schools to close. Click HERE to tell the ND legislature to Trust Our Teachers!

HB 1281: This terrible bill diverts diverts funding from public schools to private and homeschools. It narrowly passed the House by a vote of 50-44 on 2/23. We will fight this diligently in the Senate.

SB 2215: This bill is a direct attack on teacher voice and the collective bargaining process. President Archuleta testified in opposition in the Senate Education committee on 2/2. NDU was able to work to pass some amendments to make the bill better, but it still unfortunately passed the Senate on 2/16 by a vote of 37-10. We will continue to diligently fight this bill in the House after Crossover.

 

Key NDU Bills:

HB 1058: This bill would improve leave sharing for state employees. It failed in its original vote in the House chamber on 1/18, but was reconsidered, amended, and passed by a vote of 90-3 on 2/1. It was heard in the Senate Government & Veterans Affairs committee on 2/19 where President Archuleta testified in support.

HB 1075: Eliminates the days that were set aside for the fall conference. This would leave the decision up to local school districts. It has passed a vote in the House and was heard in the Senate Education committee on 2/10. President Archuleta testified in support of this bill.

HB 1210: Directs legislative management to consider a study on teachers’ out-of-pocket classroom expenses. President Archuleta testified in support of this bill which passed a vote in the House on 1/25. Senate Education heard this bill on 2/17.

HB 1398: This bill mandates that the state and other political subdivisions may not require an employer to provide paid family leave. President Archuleta testified in opposition to this bill which passed the House on 2/17 by a vote of 79-14. It has been referred to the Senate Industry, Business, & Labor committee.

HB 1413: Provides funding for breakfast and lunch for all K-12 students, free of charge. President Archuleta testified in support in the House Education committee on 1/25. This bill has been amended into a study, and passed the House on 2/18 by a vote of 70-24.

HB 1431: This bonding bill provides funding for infrastructure projects. It passed a vote in the House chamber on 2/19 and has been referred to the Senate Finance & Taxation committee.

HB 1441: President Archuleta testified in support of a paid family medical leave program in House Industry, Business, & Labor on 2/3. This bill has been amended into a study, and passed the House on 2/18 by a vote of 75-18.

HB 1478: President Archuleta provided testimony, focused on the importance of the teacher’s role, in support of this bill, heard 2/2 in House Education. It has been amended passed the House by a vote of 87-7 on 2/18.

SB 2003: This is the budget bill for NDUS and higher education institutions. It unanimously passed the Senate on 2/23. We expect this to be a bill that comes down to the final budgetary negotiations at the end of the session.

SB 2033: Creates a University System Capital Building Fund. It unanimously passed the Senate on 1/25 and will now be heard in the House.

SB 2042: Increases both PERS employee and employer contributions by 5.12% each. It failed in the Senate by a vote of 1-46 on 2/19. 

SB 2046: President Archuleta testified in favor of this bill. It would increase employer/employee contribution to PERS by 1% beginning January 2022. We have supported this bill in the past to shore up PERS but we have also been consistent in our message that pay raises must more than cover this increase. It unanimously passed the Senate on 2/19.

SB 2196: Establishes a North Dakota competency framework for students who have demonstrated content mastery. President Archuleta testified in support on 1/26 in Senate Education. It has been amended and passed the Senate on 2/16 by a vote of 46-1. It will now be taken up by the House.

 

Wins for Public Education and Public Service:

HB 1369: Established an education empowerment program. President Archuleta testified in opposition due to NDU’s strongly held belief that public funding should go solely to public schools at the hearing on 1/25. It narrowly failed in the House on 2/18 by a vote of 45-49.

SB 2288: President Archuleta testified in opposition to this voucher bill on 2/9 in the Senate Finance & Taxation committee. In a win for public education, this bill failed in the Senate on 2/22 by a vote of 16-30.

HCR 3007: President Archuleta testified against this bill attempting to end the Governor’s state of emergency which would result in the end of critical education pandemic response policies. It failed in the House on 2/5.

 

Losses for Public Education and Public Service:

HB 1114: President Archuleta testified in favor of this bill. Appropriates $3,000,000 to NDDPI, grant to ESPB, to expand teacher support program for 1st and 2nd year teachers. This bill received a Do Pass recommendation from the House Education committee but a Do Not Pass from House Appropriations on 2/18. It ultimately failed on 2/22 by a House vote of 23-71.

SB 2031: The higher education funding formula bill failed by a vote of 2-45 on 2/23 in the Senate.

SB 2169: This bill would have created a COVID-19 relief grant program for essential workers. President Archuleta submitted supporting testimony for this bill which failed in the Senate on 2/18 by a vote of 7-40.

SB 2229: This bill, for which President Archuleta gave supporting testimony, would have provided for student teacher scholarships in geographic areas identified as teacher shortage or critical need. It failed the Senate on 2/18 by a vote of 9-38.

SB 2235: This bill would have provided funding for school nurse programs. The hearing was held on 1/27 and President Archuleta submitted testimony urging a Do Pass recommendation. Unfortunately, the bill failed in the Senate on 2/5.

SB 2257: President Archuleta submitted testimony in support of this bill regarding after school programming on 1/27 in Senate Appropriations. It failed on 2/19 by a vote of 9-36 in the Senate.

SB 2300: This bill would have made a full-time temporary public employee eligible to receive full-time benefits after two years of employment. NDU testified in support during the 2/2 Senate Industry, Business, & Labor committee hearing. It received an unfavorable recommendation on 2/4 from the Employee Benefits Program Committee. It ultimately was withdrawn from consideration on 2/8.