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This listing will be updated throughout the session as bills are introduced and progress.
|Bill Identification||Status Sort descending||Hearing Date||Summary||House Vote||Senate Vote|
Would create an aquatic nuisance species program fund used for education, inspection and monitoring. Establishes a $3 surcharge on each resident fishing license with the exceptions for a resident who is 65 years of age or older, permanently or totally disabled, or a disabled veteran. In addition, includes a $6 surcharge on each nonresident fishing license and each nonresident waterfowl license. The collected surcharge fees must be deposited in the ANS fund. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/08, no action taken.
Would appropriate $83,786,135 to the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/13, no action taken.
Defines the terms "firearm" or "weapon" and clarifies who can carry, including a minor under age 15 carrying a muzzleloader under direct supervision. Also provides a penalty. Passed senate. Committee heard 02/28, no action taken.
Would alter the public service commission's century code relating to mitigating environmental impacts associated with energy development. Passed house. Committee heard 03/07, no action taken.
Allows a nonresident to purchase a waterfowl license that is valid for three four-day periods for $200, and $50 of the fee must be used for the Private Land Open To Sportsmen program. Passed senate. Committee heard 02/28, no action taken.
Would change the membership of the budget section. Game and Fish could get approval from either the legislative assembly or budget section for each land acquisition of at least 10 acres or $10,000. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/04, made minor amendments. Recommended 19-0 do pass as amended.
Would allow the use of a telescopic sight on a crossbow with a maximum power of 8x32. Currently, the maximum power is 4x32. Passed house. Committee heard 03/08, no action taken.
Would establish protocol for both direct and indirect environmental impact mitigation. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/08, no action taken.
Would allow the use of infrared light while hunting fox and coyote. Passed senate. Committee heard 02/28, no action taken.
Relates to forfeiture proceedings and hearings, reporting of seizures and forfeitures by law enforcement agencies, and disposition of statutory fees, fines and forfeitures. Passed house.
Would create an electronic database using color coding identifying if private land is open to hunters, closed to hunters, or open to hunters with permission, in addition to the current law requiring physical posting of signs. The database will be maintained by a hunters access advisory group, and is the intent of the legislative assembly to be operational by the fall hunting season of 2020 with several counties included, and with all counties included by September 2022. In addition, during the 2019-20 interim, legislative management will study access to public and private lands. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/14, and scheduled in committee again on 03/21.
Defines open records laws/exemptions of animal tracking data bases for animal heath purposes, including state and federal agencies would be able to collect information to assist in animal disease control or tracing an animal disease. Passed senate.
Would regulate excessive noise of airboats. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/07, no action taken.
Would allow advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants verify the physical condition necessary for individuals to qualify for a shoot from a stationary motor vehicle permit. Currently, verification is only provided by a physician. Passed senate. Committee heard 02/28, no action taken.
Would allow the use of digital 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, and on a predatory animal attacking and attempting to destroy the person's poultry, livestock or other property. Passed house. Committee heard 03/15, no action taken.
Would provide for a legislative management study regarding the use of the term "watercourse" in the North Dakota Century Code. Passed senate. Committee heard 03/07, no action taken.
Defines the eligibility requirements relating to gratis licenses for hunting big game and to provide a legislative study; and eligibility for resident hunting licenses for active military members who are former residents. Passed house. Committee heard 03/08, no action taken.
Sets guidelines for law enforcement officers entering and searching buildings or private land. Passed house.
Would change 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 would be able to use any weapon when hunting on private land with written permission from the landowner. Passed house. Committee heard 03/08, amended for qualifying youth to use any weapon that is legal in any season for that species. Recommended 6-0 do pass as amended.
Would require 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. Passed house. Committee heard 03/15, no action taken.
Would further define 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. Passed senate. Committee heard 02/27, recommended 13-0 do pass.
Would allow a live bait wholesaler or vendor to transport into the state and sell live white suckers to be used as bait in the Red River.
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.
Relates to big game gratis license eligibility.
Defines who is eligible for a gratis tag for hunting moose, and allows applicants to apply annually regardless if already issued a license.
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.
Would require a mandatory waiting period of three days between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.
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.
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.
Would allow an individual over age 65 to hunt deer with a muzzleloader with a telescopic sight of up to four-power magnification.