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Bills of Interest

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 highlights the issues we expect will dominate our time, energy and collective action.

Promoting increased funding for equitable salary increases of at least 8% for all education and public employees.

Preserving defined benefit retirement plans for current and future education and public employees.

  • HB 1039HB 1040, and HB 1486 have been introduced to replace the current defined benefit pension plan with a less stable defined contribution plan by 2025. The defined-benefit retirement plan is a valuable recruiting tool for North Dakota job growth and provides stable retirement savings for our workers. Eliminating the plan will cost upwards of $5.5 billion dollars over the next 20 years, covered by taxpayers. We should be focused on investing in our pensions, not eliminating them, which is why we oppose house bills 1039, 1040, and 1486.
  • SB 2239 aims to invest in our current defined-benefit pension plan and preserve a popular benefit for under $1 billion. On the other hand, the three bills above that intend to close the plan and replace it with a defined-contribution plan would cost $5.5 BILLION over 20 years. More than five times the cost! Not only does SB2239 maintain and invest in our defined-benefit pension plan, it is also clearly the more fiscally responsible choice. North Dakota United supports senate bill 2239.

Ensuring that public money supports only public institutions and that only public employees provide public services.

  • HB 1532 will establish an “education reimbursement program” that would divert public funds from public schools to private schools. It would require superintendents to pay private schools, when requested by the parents, at least 15 percent but not more than 30 percent of the student’s cost of attendance. State legislators are asking that 24 million dollars be put into this education reimbursement program. That is 24 million dollars going to private education rather than our public school systems, which are already operating with limited resources. NDU opposes HB 1532.

Securing a long and lasting investment by the State of North Dakota in quality pre-K and child care that pays particular attention to the workers providing these services to set our kids up for success in school and ease the burdens on working families.

  • SB 2301 is a good start to investing in our state’s childcare system. NDU supports this bill.

Along with the above legislative priorities, North Dakota United is monitoring over 150 bills of interest. We would like to highlight the following:

  • HB 1446: This bill would attack faculty tenure and due process rights at Bismarck State College and Dickinson State University and would set a dangerous precedent. North Dakota United opposes this bill.
  • HB 1491: Provides free school lunch to public school students. NDU supports this bill.
  • HB 1494: Removes school lunch shaming practices in public schools. NDU supports this bill.
  • SB 2247: Relating to divisive concepts at institutions of higher education. NDU opposes this bill.

The information and key issues are constantly changing during the legislative session. If you have questions about bill numbers, ways to get involved, or any other questions related to the legislative process, you can email us at legislative@ndunited.org.