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Yesterday marked the end of the first half of the legislative session. Photo: Richie Diesterheft via Flickr.

ND Watchdog Network 2017 Legislative Half-Time Report

Yesterday marked the end of the first half of the legislative session.

Next week, bills that passed one chamber will cross the hall to the opposite chamber to be discussed and voted on. Here are just a few of the highlights of the good bills that are still alive in the legislature:

  1. House and Senate Pass Corporate Welfare Reform HB1182 shifts costs of private development of buildings and subsidized private development by $38 million since 1999. This bill barely passed by a vote of 48 to 41. SB2166 reforms local tax exemption powers by requiring approval of city-dictated exemptions lasting more than 5-years to be approved by local school boards and county commissions.

  2. House Passes Comrehensive Property Tax Reform  HB 1361 limits the allowable amount of property tax increases in dollars to 3% per year, with certain allowable adjustments for new property, exempt property, etc. The bill allows the 3% limitation to be exceeded by a vote of the district’s electors, for a single taxable year at a time.
  3. Government Competition Study Passes House HB1162 will create a study of the ways state and local government directly competes with the private sector; and to develop plans to reduce that competition. The bill passed the house with bi-partisan support.

  4. State Grant Transparency Bill Passes House  HB1165 creates a transparency database for state-issued grants. This is one area of state spending that has been difficult to get access to; and this bill will make that easier.

To read the complete Legislative Half-Time Report, visit the North Dakota Watchdog Network here.

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