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This listing will be updated throughout the session as bills are introduced and progress.

Legislation List
Bill Identification Status Hearing Date Summary House Vote Senate Vote
HB1021 Signed

Included in the Information Technology Department's appropriation's bill, during the 2019-20 interim, a 14 member land access committee (with nine voting members) will study access to public and private lands for hunting, trapping, fishing and related issues, including trespass violations and penalties, and provide recommendations regarding a land access database with capabilities of electronic posting. The study committee may establish a trial electronic posting and hunter access information system in up to three counties prior to August 1, 2020, and report findings and recommendations to the 67th legislative assembly. 

85-7 46-0
HB1066 Signed

Returns the funding limit to the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund to $20 million per fiscal year.

80-12 46-0
HB1209 Signed

Allows the use of dogs in the recovery of big game animals.

92-0 33-13
HB1232 Failed

Would allow taxidermists or meat processors to receive certification for handling, sterilization and processing of big game animals from areas with documented cases of chronic wasting disease. In addition, an individual may transport from within or into the state for taxidermy or meat processing purposes the carcass of big game animals from an area documented with CWD.

26-67
HB1246 Signed

Defines the eligibility requirements relating to gratis licenses for hunting big game and to provide a legislative study.

83-2 45-2
HB1257 Failed

Would allow an individual over age 65 to hunt deer with a muzzleloader with a telescopic sight of up to four-power magnification.

35-58
HB1286 Signed

Amends the North Dakota century code relating to law enforcement agencies reporting seizures and forfeitures.

55-37 43-4
HB1290 Failed

Sets guidelines for law enforcement officers entering and searching buildings or private land. Passed house. Senate amended to make it a legislative study, that during the 2019-20 interim, legislative management shall consider studying the fourth amendment of the Constitution of the United States, including the investigation, search and seizure of private land, livestock and buildings, and report findings and recommendations to the sixty-seventh legislative assembly.

64-29 4-43
HB1294 Failed

Requires traps or snares for furbearers to be checked at least every 48 hours.

0-92
HB1323 Failed

Defines a dangerous and concealed weapon.

17-75
HB1331 Failed

Would allow anglers to purchase a lifetime fishing license.

16-73
HB1357 Failed

Defines who is eligible for a gratis tag for hunting moose, and allows applicants to apply annually regardless if already issued a license. 

27-66
HB1366 Signed

Allows the use of a telescopic sight on a crossbow with a maximum power of 8x32. 

89-0 46-0
HB1383 Signed

Alters the public service commission's century code relating to mitigating environmental impacts associated with energy development. 

72-19 41-6
HB1412 Signed

Allows the use of night vision, thermal vision or infrared light with a power source of not more than six volts while hunting coyote, fox, raccoon or beaver during the open season. The artificial light must produce a red, green or amber color. In addition, allows the use of night vision, thermal vision or infrared light on a predatory animal attacking and attempting to destroy poultry, livestock or other property. 

88-1 45-1
HB1413 Failed

Would require public notice of a wildlife survey in the official county newspaper, and on the website and social media accounts of the person/agency conducting the survey, at least 30 days prior to the start of the survey. 

8-84
HB1423 Failed

Legislative management, during the 2019-20 interim, would study the eligibility for gratis licenses authorizing residents to hunt elk or moose, and report findings to the 67th legislative assembly.

0-91
HB1427 Withdrawn

Would allow the use of air guns for hunting. 

HB1428 Failed

Would establish a Missouri River council to provide for the acquisition and management of the shoreline of the Missouri River.

38-54
HB1430 Failed

Relates to big game gratis license eligibility. 

0-93
HB1451 Failed

Would require a mandatory waiting period of three days between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.

11-82
HB1462 Signed

Changes the seven whitetail only deer licenses to four any whitetail and three any antlered deer licenses, that are provided to the outdoor adventure foundation to be used by youth with life-threatening illnesses. Qualifying youth are able to use any weapon that is legal in any season for that species when hunting on private land with written permission from the landowner.

91-0 44-1
HB1503 Signed

Requires an individual who enters private property and installs a device for observing, recording or photographing wildlife to either receive written permission from the landowner, or identifies the device with a permanently affixed metal or plastic tag with a registration number issued by the Game and Fish Department, or the individual's name, address and telephone number. 

74-16 43-0
SB2017 Signed

Appropriates $83,803,632 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021.

85-8 46-1
SB2034 Signed

Defines the terms "firearm" or "weapon" and clarifies who can carry, including a minor under age 15 carrying a muzzleloader under direct supervision.

82-6 45-1
SB2054 Failed

Grants provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund would no longer give preference to those that enhanced conservation practices, and adds a requirement that ensures a geographical balance of members is maintained.

14-33
SB2055 Signed

Allows Game and Fish to get approval from either the legislative assembly or budget section for each land acquisition of at least 10 acres or $10,000. Vetoed by governor. Senate passed over veto. House passed over veto. Filed by secretary of state.

91-1 47-0
SB2058 Signed

Amends the North Dakota Century Code relating to the outdoor heritage fund, whereas grant applications that are eligible to be forwarded to the industrial commission must receive a favorable recommendation from a majority of the outdoor heritage advisory board members.

85-6 43-4
SB2138 Signed

Allows advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants, in addition to a physician, to verify the physical condition necessary for individuals to qualify for a shoot from a stationary motor vehicle permit.

90-0 47-0
SB2165 Signed

Amends the tax department's section of the century code relating to gross receipts, specifically that gross receipts does not include the amount of compensation received from an insurance company for the loss of a stolen or destroyed watercraft that had been previously taxed if that compensation is used as a trade-in credit on the purchase of a replacement watercraft. The trade-in credit is not included in the gross receipts of the retailer.

86-0 45-0