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OMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017 Page 5 By Mike Jacobs ND Newspaper Association BISMARCK, N.D. -- Ad- journment by Good Friday? Still possible, legislative lead- ers said last week. But the odds are long. Throughout the session law- makers had imagined finishing before Easter, but an important in- centive disappeared: Congress failed to repeal and replace the Af- fordable Care Act, known as Oba- macare. So there's no need to save days for a recessed session to make changes in state law to con- form to a new federal health care act. The North Dakota Legislature is limited to 80 working days. Fri- day was Day 59. If lawmakers meet every week day up to Good Friday, they will have used 69 days. Missing the Good Friday deadline would push the session into the week following Easter without a holiday deadline loom- ing - or even later'if some issues, prove difficult to resolve. The list of potential snags grew last week. Leading the list are big appropriations bills, including funding for higher education and human services. A surprise move at mid-week lessens the chance of an early agreement about the hu- man services budget. The Senate had approved a bill that had the state assuming the county share of social services. The House re- jected that idea in favor of study- ing the issue during the interim ahead of the 2019 session. Amendments to the higher ed- ucation funding bill could hold up agreement, too. At week's end, funding for medical residencies at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a catch-up ap- propriation for Dickinson State University were among the pend- ing issues. Amendments to the Depart- ment of Transportation budget have been prepared that would save at least some of the rural high- way shops, important as bases for snow plows. The budget for the Department of Commerce faces challenges, too. These include earmarks for some university pro- grams, including UND's entre- preneurship program and a re- duction in funding for the Grand Skies project at Grand Forks Air Force Base. A bill funding water projects is another potential target. The ma- jor projects there are Fargo's di- version project to control Red River flooding, and the Red Riv- er Water Supply project, princi- pally aimed at providing munici- pal water for Fargo, though other cities in the valley would also ben- efit. Another thorny water issue in- volves field tiling, a method of drainage that is spreading rapidly in Red River Valley counties. A bill designed to standardize permitting requirements across the state has met objections. State aid to areas impacted by oil development has also caught the eye of some lawmakers, who believe that the state may have been too generous in the 2015 ses- sion, thus worsening the budget troubles facing this session. The biggest single project at risk is Williston's airport, a $39 million item. The money would be matched by the federal govern- ment. Money is the biggest pending issue, and House Republican Leader A1 Carlson vowed again Thursday that there would be no increase in taxes. Pressed, he con- ceded that lawmakersmight have to tap some of the trust funds, po- tentially the Legacy Fund or the state land fund. Money is not the only issue, however. A clash between House and Senate over pensions and insur- ance seems inevitable. The House has passed a bill changing the make-up of the board that governs employee retirement funds: Carl- son is also pressing for a self-in- surance System that senators have resisted. Lawmakers worked last week to finalize a bill that would permit medical use of marijuana in the state. Voters approved an initiated measure legalizing medical mar- ijuana, but lawmakers want to fix a variety of problems. On Thurs- day the number of amendments stood at nearly 40. Sponsors of the measure have resisted many of these, even threatening another ballot measure if lawmakers make too many changes. The issue is particularly difficult since the state constitution re- quires a two-thirds vote to change an initiated measure within seven years of its passage. The marijua- na measure was passed five months ago. Of course, there's always the. possibility that a relatively low profile bill could become contro- versial. Three candidates: a mora- torium on wind energy projects that was rejected earlier re- emerged in a House committee last week; shared parenting advocates are pressing for a bill guarantee- ing approximately equal time for both parents in custody agree- ments; and a bill loosening regu- lations about selling unprocessed food products. The legislative calendar does offer hope for an early adjourn- ment. At week's end, most com- mittees had completed reviewing bills, and both houses have begun naming" conference committees to iron out differences between bill versions passed in each house. A rule of thumb holds that confer- ence committee work takes two weeks - which means that ad- journment before Easter may be possible. Barely. issues By Janne Myrdal ments have increased 400% across the na- cedures. Media reports that our committee Sen. District 10 tion which is a good positive trend. The bill, is not working for a solid solution are plain BISMARCK, N.D. -- We are in the last as passed by the House, made "shared par- and simply false. Both law enforcement weeks of the 65th Legislative Session. enting" the presumed custody split. Now as and the legislature are working together to These are the days of challenging issues that amended by Senate; - if a parent requests a improve the process. I am grateful to the have been discussed at length, shared parenting agreement from a judge in Sadek for seeking some better oversight and We'are voting several budget issues out an initial custody proceeding, the court must of the Senate and most show cuts to the lev- articulate in its decision the rationale for ei- training. els expected. Some are tough to vote for ther awarding or denying the request. This "Meals on Wheels" Program. State but we must balance the budget and I am allows parents to later request a modifica- funding for Meals on Wheels is not being grateful for the leadership and input I have tion to the court order later if these circum- cut. My priority will always be taking care received from District 10 on a variety of stances change -- i.e. geographic location, of those who need it most, especially our budget concerns. I will continue to say that child's age/dependency. This bill won't af- senior citizenS. The proposed appropriation we are all in this together, - cutting expenses fect child support. It is not retroactive and for the program for the next biennium is $7 to balance the budget, applies only to the initial proceeding. It also million, an increase from the current fund- I have often talked about the sub surface adds a statutory definition of "shared par- ing level. While the program 'didn't get as Water Management bills we have worked enting time and residential responsibility": big of an increase as its supporters wanted, on in our AG Committees this Session. HB "providing each parent with as close to 50% it still received an increase at a time when 1390 was given a unanimous Do Pass out of the time as possible for each based on in- most budgets are.being cut 15 to 20%. This of AG committee and will likely be the.pre- dividual circumstances, but not less than bill allows those receiving the funds to be vailing bill. We worked closely with all 35%." "So, I supported the amendments. parties on this and the final bill should sat- Justic.e Reinvestment passed unani- part of the budgeting process for the next bi- isfy most concerns. I am committed to rep- mously in the Senate. Some details: This ennium, creating better tax policy. We need resent our landowners and producers, giving bill relates to those convicted of drug of- to create better tax policy and continue to them the most leeway to improve the yield fenses, not violent crime with the objective fund important programs like Meals on per acreage by managing their, sub surface to reduce costs, prison population, and re- Wheels. water with reasonable oversight, cidivism. Decreases penalty for people con- It is important that all these issues end up Difficult decisions are still ahead in con- victed of first-time offense for ingesting in conference between House and Senate so ference committees in regards to issues we drugs or possession of paraphernalia from that we can do our utmost to make it as good have dealt with in Judiciary Committee: Class A misdemeanor to a Class B misde- as we can before we put it in to our Century Shared Parenting, - we must recognize meanor. Persons who served time in county Code. At times these issues become the importance of children having time with jails awaiting their court date are credited deeply controversial and I am grateful once their parents while allowing judges to have for that time served and for their good time. again for the open process in we have in our the discretion to decide what is in the best It is swinging the pendulum back, based on state. The length to which each bill is scru- interest of the child on a case-by-case basis, data, from the "tough on crime" move a few tinized is in place to assure the best results. The focus should be on the best interest of decades ago which went a bit too far. Wisdom is what I pray for daily, that we the child. Currently, custody is determined Confidential Informant, or as many by this standard. Adding a rebuttable pre- have named it the "Andrew Sadek Bill". would make the right decisions. The com- sumption in favor of shared parenting This will go to Conference committee. I ing couple of weeks I will likely not do these reports but rather do a final one at end would have been a drastic policy shift and a voted against the amendments in the com- one size fits all approach which I could not mittee as they were to weak, then voted for of Session. Again, please feel free to text or enforce. The sad reality of divorce and/or the bill to make sure it passed floor so we email me. single parenting is a difficult issue to tackle, could conference on it as I want to make Editor's Note: Myrdal is a Senator in the In the last four years, shared parenting judg- sure we address the shortfalls in current pro- North Dakota Senate for District 10. =..~=---:-~.~. --- ~----2 ---:2-2-2..:-'.-- -- .~.~. -- following counties in Montana and Walsh because their counties are contigu- ers in eligible counties have eight South Dakota also qualify for nat- Ward ous. Those counties are: months from the date of the decla- ural disaster assistance because Farmers and ranchers in the fol- Minnesota ration to apply for loans to help cov- their counties are contiguous. Those lowing counties in North Dakota Kittson, Marshall, Norman and er part of their actual losses. FSA comties are: also qualify for natural disaster as- Polk : will consider each loan application Montana sistance because their counties are Montana on its own merits, taking into ac- Fallon and Wibaux contiguous. Those counties are: Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan count the extent of losses, security South Dakota Barnes and Wibaux available and repayment ability. Campbell, Corson, Harding and Billings South Dakota FSA has a variety of programs, in Perkins Bottineau Campbell and McPherson addition to the EM loan program, to Disaster Number 2: USDA Cass Disaster Number 3: USDA has help eligible farmers recover from designated 15 counties in North Dickey designated Hettinger and Oliver adversity. Dakota as primary natural disaster Dunn counties in North Dakota as primary Other FSA programs that can areas due to losses caused by ex- Eddy natural disaster areas due to losses provide assistance, but do not re- cessive rain, high winds, tornados Emmons caused by frost and freeze fol- quire a disaster declaration, in- and hail that occurred from Jan. 1, Golden Valley lowed by excessive heat that oc- clude Operating and Farm Owner- 2016, through Nov. 15,2016.Those Griggs curred from March 15, 2016, ship Loans; the Emergency Con- counties are: LaMoure through June 15, 2016. , servation Program; Livestock For- Benson Logan Farmers and ranchers inAdams, age Disaster Program;Livestock Burke McHenry Burleigh, Grant, McLean, Mercer, Indemnity Program; Emergency Cavalier McLean Morton, Slope and Stark counties in Assistance for Livestock, Honey- Divide Mountrail North Dakota also qualify for nat- bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Pro- Grand Forks Nelson ural disaster assistance because gram; and the Tree Assistance Pro- Mclntosh Pierce their counties are contiguous, gram. Interested farmers may con- McKenzie Renville All counties listed above were tact their local USDA service cen- Pembina Wells. designated natural disaster areas on ters for further information on eli- Ramsey Williams Feb. 15, 2017, making all qualified gibility requirements and applica- Rolette. Farmers and'ranchers in the fol- farm operators in the designated ar- tion procedures for these and oth- Steele lowing counties in Minnesota, eas eligible for FSA's low emer- erprograrns.Additional information Towner Montana and South Dakota also gency (EM) loans, provided eligi- is also available online at http://dis- Traill qualify for natural disaster assistance bility requirements are met. Farm- aster.fsa.usda.gov. of Your classified ad will appear . in all 90 North Dakota daily and weekly newspapers for only your newspaper m 685 8889 for details HELP WANTED PROGRAM COORDINATOR OPENING. BS degree in education, social work, mental health or related field. 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