ND Legislative Update for March 7, 2017

Greetings North Dakota ASPIRE Member, 

The ND Legislature resumed its work Wednesday, March 1st after a break from February 24-February 28.  They will receive an updated revenue forecast this Thursday, March 9th from the State Office of Management and Budget and Moody Analytics which will guide budget decisions during the second half of the 2017 Session.  For an update on some of the bills relevant to our work, see the table below. 


Mary Fredricks, State Initiative





HB 1382 As introduced this bill called for the establishment of an education savings account, in other words a voucher program for K-12 education. The House changed it into an interim study of the feasibility and desirability of developing a school choice program.  It will now go to the Senate for its consideration. PASSED HOUSE, being heard in Senate Education
SB 2243 This is the teacher loan forgiveness bill. The bill moved to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing earlier this week. The program, which aims to fill teaching positions in remote or hard-to-fill areas, would pay back up to $25,000 of student loans over three years. PASSED SENATE,  now in HOUSE Appropriations
 SB 2036 Relating to matching grants for the advancement of academics at higher education institutions under the control of the state board of higher education; and to provide an appropriation.  (This bill would award 1 dollar of state funding for every 2 dollars raised by institutional foundations at each NDUS institution.  The funds must be used for the “advancement of academics”.  Senate Appropriations reduced the total amounts that could be distributed to both UND and NDSU, from $7 Million to $750,000 and from $1 Million down to $275,000 for each of the other nine NDUS institutions.  It also removed the language that would have set aside a certain amount of the grant funds received by UND and NDSU for student scholarships. PASSED IN SENATE, in HOUSE Appropriations
  SB 2272 This bill would insure that monies from the Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund could only be used for K-12 education. PASSED SENATE, in HOUSE Education
SB 2144


This bill requests $1.5 Million for workforce development grants at tribally controlled community colleges. PASSED Senate, in HOUSE Industry, Business and Labor
HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING BILL – The appropriation for the ND State Grant has been reduced by about $2 Million from the previous biennium.  Several other grant and scholarship programs have also been reduced.  See pages 1 and 2 of the bill.   PASSED Senate, in HOUSE Appropriations


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