2023 Legislation of interest
Nearly 1,000 bills were introduced in the 2023 Legislative Session and North Dakota United was monitoring over 130 of those bills. Below is a selection of the bills we were monitoring and discussing throughout the session.
- HB 1040: Eliminates the state’s defined-benefit pension plan by 2025 and will cost $5.5 billion to taxpayers. NDU opposed, bill passed.
- HB 1205: Book ban bill that overrides local control and currently existing processes to remove “explicit sexual material” from children’s collections of public libraries. NDU opposed, bill passed.
- HB 1329: Would have reduced the number of years needed for a teacher to be eligible for a lifetime teaching license from 30 to 20 years. NDU supported, bill failed.
- HB 1446: Would have attacked faculty tenure and due process rights at Bismarck State College and Dickinson State University and would have set a dangerous precedent for other higher education institutions. NDU opposed, bill failed.
- HB 1491: Would have broadened the eligibility of free school lunch to public school students. NDU supported, bill failed but the language was inserted in SB 2284.
- HB 1494: Eliminates school lunch shaming practices in public schools. NDU supported, bill passed.
- HB 1532: Private school voucher bill that would have given $10 million to private schools with no strings attached. NDU opposed, bill failed after veto.
- HB 1540: Delayed childcare funding bill that helps decrease the cost of childcare for those eligible. NDU supported, bill passed.
- SB 2239: Would have invested in the state’s defined-benefit pension plan and retained the popular benefit for 1/5th the cost of closing the pension plan as described in HB 1040. NDU supported, bill failed.
- SB 2247: Relating to training involving “specified concepts” at institutions of higher education. NDU opposed, bill passed.
- SB 2260: Would have expanded fundamental rights to parents regarding aspects of education, including curriculum. This bill ignores the expertise of educators and is unworkable in practice. NDU opposed, bill failed.
- SB 2284: K-12 funding bill with appropriation to cover school meals of children whose parents or guardians make less than $60,000. NDU supported, bill passed.
- SB 2301: Childcare funding bill that would have helped decrease the cost of childcare and supplemented salaries of childcare workers. NDU supported, bill failed.
- SB 2354: Would have spent $25,000 to provide stipends to foreign language teachers and expand foreign language education. NDU supported, bill failed.
- SB 2360: Book ban bill that would have cost over 300 million taxpayer dollars to implement and criminalized librarians. NDU opposed, bill failed after veto.
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