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JUNE 5, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 A,C'E,4 I/009zeE00 Final legislative report: Part 2 By Wayne Trottier Rep. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. --This is my second report on the finals that took place in the 2013 North Dakota Legislative session. My first "final report" dealt mostly with the money allocated to the Western Oil Counties, entire state, county, township roads, education and property tax relief and income tax reductions. This article will deal more on the com- mittees that I sat in on, that being the Agri- culture and next week will be on the Finance & Tax committees. AGRICULTURE: 1) RAW MILK BILL- SB 2072, a bill that dealt with "cow shares". Currently it is illegal to sell raw "unpasteurized" milk in North Dakota, therefore one way around this is to purchase a share in a cow and also the feed and other expenses. First of all, I was not aware that there was this many people drinking raw milk anymore. Many of us grew up, with raw milk, as our only source of milk. I am not aware of many people dying from raw milk, so I was somewhat defensive on the entire issue. I personally, would be willing to work with the Ag Dept on making raw milk legal. There would have to be in- spection done, on the farm, and would have to follow the same regulations that Grade A dairys go through today. The ND AG Dept had offered a bill mak- ing "cow shares" illegal. When all was said and done, we threw out making illegal cow shares, but made some stipulations on the cow owners for health safety issues. All of the people we heard from, had written con- tracts, and were aware of any health issues the AG dept may have. 2) ANIMAL CRUELTY: This was one of the hottest topics in the Ag committee. Everyone is probably remembering the measure on the general election ballot deal- ing with this issue. SB 221 was the bill that was eventually passed, but it took a lot of back and forth discussion. We were well aware that HSUS (humane society of the US) had addressed many of the issues and we were not comfortable with many of their issues. They have publically stated they are against people eating meat, and I believe their mission is to interfere with animal agri- culture and production of meat animals. The four main sections of the law are neglect, abuse, abandonment, and cruelty. The final bill greatly strengthens the penalties on of- fenders who cause harm to animals multiple times, and the penalties increase severely on the the third offense; the law also increases the penalties for intentional animal cruelty to a felony. Customary practices of agriculture, hunting, fishing, trapping, animal training, and animal research, as well as some other considerations of the well-being of animals are exempt from prosecution. Having heard the concerns of citizens from all across the state, this bill will be tougher on those who abuse or harm animals while protecting our farmers and ranchers. 3) HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SPILLS AUTHORITY: HB 1149 Legisla- tures gave the Division of Homeland Secu- rity the authority to be the central informa- tion dissemination point for hazardous chemical spills in the state (including oil and salt water spills). This division has a better process of getting this very important infor- mation out to the local and county agencies in a quicker more reliable way. If there is a hazardous spill or a spill is discovered, the Division of Homeland Security will now co- ordinate the response efforts because of their experience and ability to get the information to all local and county agencies quickly. 4) DYED DIESEL FUEL FINES: SB 2294 Dyed diesel fuel is sold for use in off- road, non-licensed equipment used for farm- ing or construction and is exempt from the per gallon fuel tax. Dyed fuel continues to be taxed at a different rate and is intended for off-road non-licensed vehicle use only. Due to the increase of people breaking the law and Dyed diesel fuel being used in vehicles that travel on public roadways, this bill was passed to increase the fines for this activity. It aslo requires better identification marking dyed fuel nozzles at fuel stops. Fines are $500 for 1st violation, $2,000 for 2nd viola- tion, $4,000 for 3rd violation, and $10,000 for 4th violation. I will close with this, as it is getting like some sermons at church, and some of my at- tendees are falling asleep. I will continue next week with some more Ag committee is- sues, as well as some other highlights of the session. Good day, and God Bless! Editor "s Note: Trottier is a Representative in the North Dakota House for District 19. Walsh County Relay for Life schedule set for June 7 GRAFTON, N.D. -- Relay for misc relay items) Life is coming to Walsh County. This year, because of high water troubles at Leistikow Memorial Park in Grafton, the event will be held June 7 at the Grafton High School track/football field. Event organizer Kris Molde said that they have a full schedule of events planned for the evening. Opening ceremony is at 6 p.m. with Brian James from KXPO, serving as Master of Ceremonies. The guest speaker will be televi- sion personality Terry Dullum from WDAZ. The lineup of entertainment also includes: • Laura Allensworth - Nation- al Anthem and singing solo after the guest speaker and survivor lap • Danika Flanders - Solo • Doug Langerud - Solo (guitar and song) • ZUMBA dancing - presented by Namaste Massage & Yoga Stu- dio Photo: Press Archive Above: Cancer survivors and family members walk through Leis- tikow Memorial Park during the 2012 Walsh County Relay for Life, • December's Children band - (Ryan Johnston & Jason Erickson) • RCA Mobile DJ - Chris Lar- son She said they have games planned as well. In addition to the speakers and entertainment, some of the other highlights of the evening are scheduled as follows: • Relay store will be open from 4-11pm (Sweatshirts, T-shirts, • FCCLA will be serving food from 5 - 10 p.m. • Silent Auction will be from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Quilt Raffle will be held at 9 p.m. • Luminaria lighting will be at 10 p.m. • Closing ceremony will be hd at 1 a.m .... According to, the Relay for Life started in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation's biggest health concern - cancer. A year later, 340 sup- porters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay FOr Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight can- cer. WATER SEEPAGE? Outside Sumps Call 701-696-2591 2013 Member's eting Ihursday, June 6th - 6:30PM" Park River High School Gym Dinner 5:00-6:00PM • Chris Midgarden Arena Registration 5:15-6:15PM • Park River High School $500 Grand Prize Drawing after the Meeting! Bring the family - child care is provided! Photo: Submitted Above: (Back Row) Dean Meberg from the Park River American Le- gion, Pisek delegates Andrew Brummond, lan McCombs, Britt Brouillard, (Middle Row) Joe Frausto, Zack Gaarder (Front) Eugene Kadlec from the Pisek American Legion Park River, Pisek announce delegates for Boys State PARK RIVER, N.D. --The Park River and Pisek American Le- gions have named their delegates for 2013 Boys State. Representing Pisek will be An- drew Brummond. Brummond is the son of Brad and Sue Brum- mond. Representing Park River will be Britt Brouillard, Ian McCombs, Joe Frausto, and Zach Gaarder. McCombs is the son of Jeremy McCombs and Jennifer Daley. Brouillard is the son of David and Bobbi Brouillard. Frausto is the son of Ruby Kadlac. Zack Gaarder is the son of Brian and Rhonda Gaarder. The 71st session of North Dakota Boys State will be held June 9-14 in Wahpeton, N.D., on the campus of the North Dakota State College of Science. North Dakota Boys State is where young men become leaders and leaders develop even greater potential. Through a learn-by- doing government simulation, at- tendees run for office, form their own state government, and assume the roles of disaster managers, leg- islators, and serve as the voice of North Dakota's youth. Lutheran Social Services Seni9r Companions seeks volunteers in PR area PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Sen- iors age 55 plus who are healthy, active and interested fin helping their alder;neighbors gr..e, needed to volunteer for Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions. A volunteer senior companion provides companionship, social recreation and assistance with daily living activities so seniors can remain living independently in their own homes. The program also provides respite for care- givers who need a temporary break from their daily caregiving responsibilities. The benefits to becoming a senior companion include a tax- free hourly stipend, travel reim- bursement, paid holidays, paid time off, ongoing training oppor- tunities and supplemental insur- ance coverage. Most importantly, senior companions benefit by making a positive difference in the lives of other seniors in their community. The one-on-one companion- ship and daily living assistance provided by senior companions can help seniors improve their quality of life, reduce feelings of loneliness and build motivation to stay active and interested in life.and the community..' r; ..... If you are 55 years of age?or older, of lower income and avail- able to volunteer at least 15 hours per week, contact Andrea Lang, Eastern North Dakota Program Coordinator, at 800-450-1510 for more information about becom- ing a senior companion volunteer in your area. Lutheran Social Services Sen- ior Companions is seniors help- ing seniors live independently by providing free weekly home vis- its throughout North Dakota funded by government grants and private donations. It is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a nonprofit social services agency serving thou- sands of North Dakotans with af- fordable housing, food, disaster response, counseling and therapy and more. Established in 1919, Lutheran Social Services serves clients without regard to race, re- ligion, gender or economic status. MOBILE SHOWROOM 701-650-0095 • i,led of a Wet Basement,? We., are., • Basement Waterproofing o Basement Humidity & Mold Control • Basement Finishing - Slab and Sidewalk Lifting • Basement Structural Repairs • & Crawl Space Repair ,,,.&,BA.S[HENIy FINANCING F  nmLt ,mE t.1 "  F* ,/Registration @ 8:30 a.m. • Fun Run @ 10:00 a.m. - ' "  / Games & Prizes / Free Street Dance -- 8 p.m. to Midaight £  \\;\''. ..... 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