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HCR3016 is a resolution encouraging theUS Congress to repeal Obamacare.Unfortunately, the House of Representativesdid not pass HCR3014, the Health CareFreedom Act state constitutionalamendment, which would have put a stateconstitutional measure on the 2012statewide ballot that had similar language toHB1165 and SB2309. A constitutionalamendment would have been better becauseit would have been much harder to undo inthe future. The House also rejected HB1291which would have directed the governor toenter into an interstate compact with allother willing states to eliminate the effectsof Obamacare on North Dakotans.
The NDPC's third annual Free MarketForum took place in September 2010."Defending the Tenth" was the theme of theevent, which featured speakers BarryGoldwater, Jr. and Dr. Thomas Woods. Thelegislature acted on the message from thatevent and took several steps - albeit smallones - toward defending North Dakotansfrom federal government overreach. Theypassed the previously mentioned billsdealing with Obamacare and HCR3015,demanding the federal government to onlyexercise the powers granted to it in the USConstitution.The legislature also passed SCR4007, whichis an application submitted by the state tothe federal government initiating anamendments convention to amend the USConstitution to require any increase in thedebt ceiling be approved by a majority of thestates. This bill is probably more of apolitical statement than something that willactually occur, but - even so - the politicalstatement is strong.Unfortunately, though, the legislaturerejected HB1287, which would haverequired the EPA to get state approval toimpose any regulations.
The legislature passed SB2204 whichrequires legislative approval of all moneygiven to the Northern Plains NationalHeritage Area, a federal program designedto enact local government land use changesvia federal grants of money.
In response to the North Dakota PolicyCouncil's lawsuit against the City of Bismarck, the legislature passed SB2050reforming tax increment financing laws.Agricultural-assessed land can no longer beconsidered blight - a prerequisite for theinclusion of property in a TIF district - andthe property tax siphoned away from schooldistricts, counties, and other taxing jurisdictions will have to be periodicallyadjusted, shifting more property tax dollarstowards those entities and away from TIFslush funds.
The legislature passed SB2327, prohibitingthe use of government resources to advocatefor or against initiated measures.