Article by, Jordan Kannianen – District 4 Senator
Hello again, as another week has flown by.
HB 1292 passed the Senate which allows parents to receive a certified copy of fetal loss if they lose their precious little one due to miscarriage before 20 weeks.
HB 1239 also passed the Senate, which allows parents who experience a stillbirth to take a state income tax exemption for the year during which the stillbirth took place (the same dependent exemption amount of any other living dependent).
I think those two bills were very appropriate ones to pass to recognize the loss of life experienced by parents and the cost associated with the burial.
We were pleased to welcome two guests into the chamber this week. Joel I. Holwitt, Lieutenant Commander of the USS North Dakota, and Macy Christianson, Miss North Dakota 2016, both spoke to us. Mr. Holwitt spoke of the USS North Dakota being the most technologically advanced submarine ever built and expounded on some of its capabilities and tours. Miss North Dakota spoke of her pride in representing the state and in responding to those who say North Dakota is against women by stating that by being pro-life we not only support women but we support the unborn women as well.
HB 1323 passed the Senate 30-16 which increases the requirement for child booster seats from up to age seven to up to age 8 (if they are shorter than 4’9” tall). I voted against it because no data was presented showing that seven year-olds have been harmed in any way by not currently being under the booster seat requirement, but it passed.
In committee we heard testimony regarding increasing notice requirements for water resource district projects (HB1339) and adding guidelines regarding school bond votes (HB 1435). Action has yet to be taken on either bill.
As a reminder, all bills can be tracked and read, and committee schedules can be viewed at legis.nd.gov or the ND Legis Daily app.
I hope everyone has a great week, and I look forward to your communications!
*Jordan Kannianen is a Senator from District 4. Jordan serves on the Education and Political Subdivisions Committees.