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FEBRUARY 27, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 LEGISLATIVE EDITION Miller report: Roads, taxes, prolife action By Joe Miller Sen. District 10 BISMARCK, N.D. -- Fi- nally, a slight reprieve! It has been a very busy experience this, session. I was appointed chair- man of the Senate Agriculture committee and continue to serve on the Finance and Taxation committee. Our Agriculture committee is tasked with a rela- tively light work load this ses- sion. As I am writing this letter, the Senate Agriculture has com- pleted its work until crossover. That is contrasted with the Fi- nance and Taxation committee which is very busy. The legislature has accom- plished two very important tasks this session already. It was de- cided it would be prudent to fast track two bills relating to water and road funding. This will allow the money to get to the subdivi- sions faster and begin the bid- ding process for these projects much earlier than normal. In- cluded in the road funding was 100 million for non-oil impacted counties. This includes a blanket appropriation of $15,000 to all townships. There are many ideas floating around for tax relief. Several in- come tax, sales tax and property tax reduction bills are in the works. The bulk of the property tax relief will be handled in the education funding bill which is" intent on reworking parts of the formula to replace local property tax dollars with state funding. Unfortunately this bill is not in the Finance and Taxation com- mittee but in the Education com- mittee. We will however have a joint committee meeting on the bill when it arrives in the Senate. I expect that there will be a 1 billion dollar tax relief package that will pass out of the legisla- ture this session. This will likely include a lot of property tax buy downs and little bit of everything else. Time will tell once we get passed crossover what these re- lief packages will look like. Several other issues are mak- ing their way through the legis- lature. We have a series of pro-life bills in the legislature. I have sponsored a bill relating the pain a baby is capable of feeling in the womb. This, bill sets a benchmark of 20 weeks after which a'child may not be aborted based on the science that proves children can feel pain at that point. SB2268 We have passed out of the Senate a bill that relates to ani, mal cruelty, abuse, abandon- ment, and neglect. I believe the bill had originally gone too far in , its attempt to addi:ess the issue of animal abuse. The Agriculture committee brought amendments and I believe the current form of the bill is more suitable to North Dakotans and will provide the ability to prosecute bad actors but allow animal agriculture to continue to prosper in our state. SB 2211 If you have any questions or concerns you are free to contact me: 600 E Blvd Ave Bismarck, ND 58501 701-331-1491 Trottier report: Looking for the right bills Keep the comments, phone calls coming By Wayne Trottier Rep. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- To everyone in District 19: Representative Wayne Trottier reporting: I am finally getting a legislative report to you. We have just passed our 5th week in the legisla- tive session. There have been 467 bills written in the House of Representatives. Of that 281 have been acted on, with 186 bills left. These have to be acted on by crossover, which is March 1. At that point, all of the approved house bills go over to the Senate to hear, and the Senate bills come over to the House to hear and act on. I currently serve on the Finance and Tax com- mittee and the Agriculture committee. First of all, in the Finance and Tax committee, we have seen and heard lots of tax relief or tax "forgiveness" bills. I guess that is understandable, with the budget surplus. We see a lot groups that want their special interest be relieved of sales tax, income tax, and many fee type taxes. For the most part, most of these bills come out of committee, with a Do Not Pass recommendation. We are still looking for the right bills that ad- dress the main issues, that almost everyone is con- cemed about, and that is (1) infrastructure for the "oil counties", as well as the entire state. (2) Per- sonal property tax relief or reform. (3) Lower state income tax for individuds and corperate income tax. We have passed in both the House and Senate a 620 million dollar allotment for state highways in the oil counties to be effective immediately. That is to go through the ND Department of Trans- portation. Also both the House and Senate passed 100 mil- lion dollars to non oil counties for infrastructure, 22 million to SW water district and 10.3 million to 3 other water districts. In the Agriculture committee, we have not had a lot of bills, mostly smaller type issues. One was a bill that required bee keepers to set their bee hives further from highways, so that walkers or hikers, bicyclers, horseback riders & etc would not be harmed The committee sent that to the floor with a Do Not Pass. We felt the bee keeper do their best now, partly because they do lose a lot of their bees from windshield loss if they are placed too close to major highways. I have receieed many, many more emails and phone calls, this session, than last.session. I thank all of you for that and please, keep that up. It has changed my vote in a few cases, and as many of you can attest to, I willgive you my disagreement so that we can have a good discussion on each par- ticular issue. Finally, I did write a bill, asking the state to fund $100,000 to go to the ND Vietnam Veterans Assoc to work to help Agent Orange victims. It would primarily help the assoc locate and direct the vic- tims of Agent Orange to the Veterans hospital and Veterans organizations. I will write an entire col- umn in the next few weeks, to alert you on some of the issues these veterans have or may have con- ceming Agent Orange. We are scheduling district 19 forums for ques- tions during March. Watch your local newspape and posters for time and dates. Thanks everyone, and have a good week. 701-587 5040 cell 701-238 0763 Campbell report: Visiting with a legend, discrimination, DUIs, milk, and knee-jerk reactions By Tom Campbell Sen. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- 6th week of the Legislative .session proved to be another controver- sial & busy week from tax relief to sex orientation. Nice to see so many Dist 19 visiting our State Capitol. Back in the ring! 49 yr old Virgil Hill, Grand Forks native and World champion boxer plans last fight. He visited the Gover- nor & Senate. I had my picture taken with him with his fist in my face. How long do you think I would last in the ring with him? 1 second, 1 minute or 1 round? Good luck Virgil, he has been a great ambassador for ND. We heard the Legislative rev- enue forecast from state officials stating growth remains strong but appears to be entering a stage where it is beginning to sta- bilize. Despite the small reduced revenue forecast of 1% our state is still very strong and there is nothing to worry about but never lose sight. Everything in my life has always been cyclical, lots of ups & downs, lets hope oil stays up for years to come SB 2262 regarding 911 serv- ices was killed; so, nothing will change and we will continue to fund 911 locally. Thanks again for Brent Nelson 911/director for his time spent testifying. The very controversial sex orientation bill 2252 was nar- rowly shot dbwn by the senate 26-21 votes. This bill was ask: ing for a ban on sexual discrimi- nation based on sexual orientation (sexual choice of gender) in the work place, hous- hag & government. The LGBT (Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual & Trans- gender) society feels the hostil- ity to live in ND but current fed- eral law in place does not allow for discrimination. A big prob- lem for me in this proposed and failed bill was it allowed for someone if thoOght was "PER- CEIVED" to be gay or homo- sexual by their employer or landlord could sue them up to 2 years if they fired them at the job or kicked them out of there apartment for a legitimate rea- son. 99% of my email con- stituents in dist 19 including church groups, business's and in- dividuals strongly encouraged me to vote no on this bill, I agreed with them and did vote no. I personally do not disCrim- inate and condone anyone who does, I do not think our state is hostile to discrimination; if you disagree or see any incidences of discriminating in our area please let me know. Wanda Kratochvil Walsh County Public Health Director was at the Capitol promoting key County health activities she works hard at. They provided great information and a great noon lunch; thanks Wanda great to see you. Jason Carlson, director of the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton joined me in the senate chamber, it was his 1 st time to the capitol, I am currently track- ing a few bills for him regarding ND longterm care. Jason moved to Grafton last August, we are very fortunate to have such fine talent at the Sunset Home and welcome him and his family to Grafton. Also visiting from Grafton was Tom Torkelson, president of the School board, he sat with me Photos: Submitted Above: Sen. Tom Campbell and world champion boxer Virgil Hill during the controversial abortion bill debates, he is a fellow potato grower & great friend who I have know all my life, we rem- inisced old times when both are dad's were on the school board, also other board members Don Suda, Dan Johnson & Superin- tendent Jack Maus were there; great to see all of you taking time out of your busy schedule I have guarded optimism that we are working our way to reso- lution on one of the burning is- sues of this session; what to do about reducing DUI violations and highway related deaths. The initial proposals were to JhUSt toughen penalties with igher fines and mandatory jail sentences. But law enforcement people and state's attorneys be- lieve the consequence would be to clog the court system with far more trials for which they don't have adequate resources. A Senate bill that is working its way through the system dou- bles the fines, but doesn't make jail time mandatory until the sec- ond offense. Yet it does two other interesting things. It makes re- fusal to submit to a chemical test, which itself is not now an of- fense, analogous to the DUI charge with the same or similar enalties. It also appropriates 1.3 million to buy 24/7 ankle bracelets for those convicted, which will reveal any consump- tion of alcohol by them. On a second conviction the bracelet would have to be worn for at least a year. If we are honest with our- selves it is likely that mosfofus who use alcohol have at one time or. another gotten behind the steering wheel of a car when we shouldn't have. The other truth is our choice whether to do so be- comes more clouded as blood al- cohol increases. I have received many emails from our dist 19, suggesting We make laws tougher but don't forget about common sense, I couldn't agree anymore with'the common sense of so many of you I respect. I believe the amendments of this bill gives a break to the 1st timers and is a great compromise to putting everyone in jail. Another highly debated topic that has been going on since the Boston Tea Party. Last week the House voted down 9 out of 10 tax bills. I am vice chair of the finance and tax committee and have spent many hours debating and studying diff ideas etc about taxes. We have currently heard 42 tax bills from Income, prop- erty, clothing, sales, homestead, oil to coal in committee; lots of diff ideas, we have killed & amended many, too early to tell how it will shake out but I do know one thing, we all heard the measure on property tax relief loud & clear, no doubt .in my mind you will get more property tax relief, it is just a matter of how. I will keep you posted as the session moves along. One of the crosses we have to bear as legislators is knee jerk re- action from folks who don't have the full story. The Fargo Forum crucified legislators, calling them mean and stingy when the House killed a bill to provide milk for children. Truth is,, chil- dren in hot lunch'programs al- ready receive the required pint a day, which the American Heart Association recommends. If the family has low income they qualify for free or reduced price meals for the kids. Because of the storm, I spent the last weekend in Bismarck. Enjoyed touring the Supreme Court Chambers and the 18th ,floor of Capitol observation floor, could almost see the Lari- more, Northwood & Grafton water towers from up there. This floor showed pictures of the old capitol burning down in 1930. New construction costs of $2million completed in 1934 during the depression era and much more history of our state. If you have never been here I would invite you to drive West and enjoy this beautiful Capitol bui'l'ding, I sure am. New governors mansion con- sffuction project was rejected in the house, Jack will have to con- tinue to tough it out in the old home. I was interviewed by radio URL live regarding "Giving Hearts Day" on Valentines Day. This is an annual online fund raising & aweness day for non- profit organizations. I spoke for the Mission for the homeless & Teen Challenge. March 2, legislative forum at Granny's restaurant in Grafton at 9:00 am & l:00pm at Minto Community Center. If I can track any bills or if you would like to comment pMase email me at Public ....N0tices Notice to Creditors Diane Li )sh Estate IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WALSH COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA In the Matter of the Estate of DIANE LIPSH, Deceased. Probate NO. 50-2013-PR-00011 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed personal representative of the above estate. All persons having claims within three (3) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will b0 forever barred. Claims must either be presented to David Lipsh, Co-Personal Representative of the estate, at c/o Tracy L. Laaveg, PC, PO Box 127, Park River, ND 58270 or filed with the court. Dated this 8 day of February, 2013. DAVID LIPSH Co-Personal Representative Tracy L. Laaveg, PC Attorney ID #5839 102 4th St. W. PO Box 127 Park River, ND 58270 Telephone: (701) 284 6300 Fax: (701) 284-6306 Attorney for the Petitioner (February 20, 27 and March 6, 2013) CITY OF CRYSTAL, NORTH DAKOTA OPPORTUNITY TO PROTEST The owners of property within the improvement district and liable to be specially assessed for said improvement may file with the City Auditor, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of the Resolution of Necessity For Street Improvement District No. 2013-1, written protests against the making of the improvements, which written protests must describe the property which is the subject of the protest. On March 27, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Crystal City Hall, located at 336 3rd Street, in Crystal, North Dakota, the governing body shall meet for the purlose of hearing and determining the sufficiency of any protest so filed and taking any such further action with reference to said improvement as may then be deemed necessary and expedient. RESOLUTION OF NECESSITY FOR STREET IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 2013-1 BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of the City of Crystal, North Dakota (the "City"), as follows: 1. It is hereby declared necessary for the City to make an improvement of the type specified in North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 40-22, for Street Improvement District No. 2013-1 (the "District") of the City, an improvement consisting of, but not limited to, bituminous paving and patch work, mill and overlay, and the acquisition of any necessary rights-of-way in connection therewith, as well as all other items of'work and materials which are necessary or reasonably incidental to the completion of the improvement, in accordance with and as described in the Resolution Creating said District, adopted February 13, 2013, t i u3;, Z  . i;o t ' !>- RTE_j V. -. .f- ....... c .... --,1' r ' 6,,,.,. and in accordance with the engineer's report as to the general nature, purpose and feasibility of the proposed improvement and estimate of costs, which has been prepared by Kadrmas Lee & Jackson, approved by the City Council, and is on file in the Office of the City Auditor and subject to inspection by anyone interested herein. 2. The cost of the improvement, or a portion thereof, shall be paid by special assessments to be levied upon properties within the District in amounts proportionate to and, not exceeding the benefits to be derived by them respectively, from the improvement. 3. The City Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to cause this Resolution together with a map'of the City of Crystal showing the proposed improvement district, in substantially the form attached hereto as Attachment 1, to be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official newspaper of the City. 4. The owners of the property within the District may file with the City Auditor, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this. Resolution, written protests against the adoption of this Resolution, which written protests must describe the property which is the subject of the protest, and this governing body shall meet at the Crystal City Hall, located at 336 3rd Street, in Crystal, North Dakota, on March 27, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. to hear and determine the sufficiency of any written protests so filed and taking any such further action with reference to the improvement as may then be deemed necessary and expedient. Dated February 13, 2013. CITY OF CRYSTAL, NORTH DAKOT! Attest: Larry McCollum Mayor Alva J. Brown City Auditor (February 20, 27, 2013)