2017 Legislative Session
65th Legislative Assembly - 3/17/17 Update
The 65th Legislative Session began on January 3rd, 2017 and the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association (NDMCA) has been at the Capitol since day one, ensuring the interests of the trucking industry are represented and protected.
The 10th week of the session included hearings on a number of hey bills in the Senate Transportation Committee and House Finance and Tax Committee.
SB 2326 was heard in the House Finance and Tax Committee and seeks to prevent cities and counties from levying a local gas tax and having local vehicle registration. NDMCA testified in strong support of SB 2326 because these local fees are not collected or credited through IFTA or IRP and put carriers in those locations at a disadvantage. SB 2326 received a DO Pass recommendation from the committee and will head for a full vote in the house next week.
The Senate Transportation Committee heard HB 1255, HB 1288 and HB 1320. HB 1255 creates a 129,000 pound large truck permit for US Highways on divisible loads, which effectively creates weight harmonization with SD, MT and Canada. NDMCA testified in strong support due to the cost benefit to shippers, carriers and consumers as well as the the positive impact on the driver shortage. HB 1255 received a Do Pass Recommendation from the committee and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further review.
HB 1288 creates a over length annual permit and allows night time travel of over length loads. NDMCA testified in strong support due to the time and cost savings carriers will enjoy from this bill. HB 1288 received a Do Pass recommendation from the committee and now heads to the Senate for a final vote.
HB 1320 Improves communication between the state permitting system & the uniform county permit system and requires townships within a county using the uniform county permit system to use that system. NDMCA testified in support of this bill because the lack of communication between the state permitting system, the county permitting system and townships has caused problems for carriers in western ND. In addition, this bill provides some transparency when county permit fees are established.
The House Appropriations Committee continued work on the DOT Budget (SB 2012) and Highway Patrol Budget (SB 2011). SB 2011 was received very favorably while an amendment is being considered for SB 2012 to provide for transfer of eight DOT rural maintenance shop to affected counties. An additional amendment is being considered to study DOT fees an taxes as there will be a shortfall in future bienniums. NDMCA is in support of the study.
To learn more about these bills and see a full list of bills being tracked by NDMCA, click on the Bill Tracking link at the top of this page.
To see NDMCA's Crossover Report on key bill, click on the Crossover Report at the top of this page.
If you have any questions on a bill NDMCA has tracked, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the bill number and question.