Article by, Jordan Kannianen – District 4 Senator
A memorial service is conducted by each chamber every session for former legislators who have passed away during the previous two years. I sang in the Senate choir during the service held Wednesday, the 22nd, and former Senator John Andrist gave a very touching address. Video of this and every daily floor session can be viewed at video.legis.nd.gov.
HB 1169, known as the “Constitutional Carry bill”, passed the Senate 34-13 and was signed into law by Governor Burgum. It allows for the concealed carry of weapons without a permit if the person is not otherwise precluded from purchasing or possessing a gun. The permitting process will still be in place for those who want reciprocity with other states. One addition to the bill is to make it mandatory in a traffic stop for the driver to tell the officer whether anyone in the vehicle is carrying and to display the weapon to the officer. It was noted by legislators and the governor alike that this brings our law more in line with our state constitution, which is even broader than the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution in regards to the right to bear arms.
A bill that would’ve extended the minimum time period between school bond votes from three months to five months failed on the Senate floor.
A bill was passed that gives bonding authority to special assessment (or improvement) districts within townships. These districts can already be created in townships, they just didn’t have bonding authority like those in municipalities. Now they do, in order to bond for paving and other projects (this is particularly wanted in vacation spots).
Water resource districts (concerned with the protection/management of water) have been held to a bonding debt limit of $10 million for many years, while water districts (concerned with the supply of water) have a $50 million limit. This has made for a burden in areas with large projects needing to be completed. A bill was passed raising the limit to $50 million to match water resource districts with water districts in the bond debt limit.
Two bills deal with the ability of parents to opt their children out of the state assessment tests (standardized tests). HB 1428 passed the Senate, which allows parents of home educated children to opt their children out of these tests regardless of their level of college education (the law had required a Bachelor’s degree). HB 1389 has yet to receive a Senate vote, but it would explicitly state what is already law but is being misinterpreted by some school districts: that parents of public school children can opt their children out of any state assessment test for any reason.
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Jordan Kannianen is a Senator from District 4. Jordan serves on the Education and Political Subdivisions Committees.
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