In North Dakota, the state legislature meets for up to eighty days every two years. While some have expressed a preference that the legislature meet for two days every eighty years, that idea has not caught on and so we make do with what we’ve got.
As I write this, the ND Legislature is in overdrive attempting to hear every bill, hand them off to the other chamber, and get out of Bismarck for a brief Crossover recess prior to the start of the second half of the 67th Legislative Session.
At ND United, we have been busy tracking bills of interest. We began the session tracking 127 bills, with another 21 bills on our “bills of interest” list. We are now tracking 77 bills as we near half-time of the session.
We have had some victories in killing some bad legislation, including two of three terrible voucher bills. Those will not be going across the hall to the Senate. We have had some setbacks, as well. We lost the bargaining bill in the Senate but will fight like hell in the House.
One voucher bill, HB 1281, slipped through the House and we will work with our partners in the Senate to end it when it comes up there. PERS and Free Speech Policies of Institutions of Higher Ed remain to be decided upon and will take some work.
While there remains a great deal to do this session, I am confident that we can salvage a few more victories before all are said and done.
But we are going to need your help to do it!
Many of you have made it a point to join us every Thursday at 6:30 pm for our NDU Legislative Update and Training Extravaganza. Many more of you should! Here’s how to join.
Also, please watch our weekly update with Tom Gerhardt and I for the very latest on legislation that we are tracking for the members of North Dakota United.
Finally, I want to give a huge shout out to all of you who have responded to our Hustles and Action Alerts by contacting your legislators about key Senate and House bills. Your involvement matters and can be the difference-maker on a variety of issues important to you!
Thank you for all you do for all of us. YOU are NDU!