Legislators are assigned to two Standing Committees during Legislative Sessions. The “A” committee ostensibly is the heavier load of the two and is dedicated to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week. The “B” Committee is assigned to Thursday and Friday. It is the committee’s responsibility to hear the bills presented and then move it forward with a recommendation of “Do Pass” or “Do Not Pass” to the House or Senate Floors for further debate, deliberations, and voting process. In North Dakota, every bill is heard and given full due process – all bills with an appropriation exceeding $5,000 must be heard by the appropriate Appropriations Committee as well as the Policy Standing Committee.
- House Appropriations
Bills passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regulate expenditures of money by the government of North Dakota.
The House Appropriations Committee reviews all fiscal items with a fiscal note of five-thousand dollars or more coming before the legislature. Members typically sit on the full committee and one Appropriations sub-committee during the session and serve on the Budget Committee during the Interim.
- House Appropriations – Human Resources Sub-Division
The House Human Resources Sub-Committee reviews the budgets for several agencies; Human Services, Health, Corrections, Veterans Affairs, Veterans Home, Tobacco Control, Indian Affairs, Council for the Arts and other fiscal matters related to Human Resources issues.
North Dakota is a biennium Legislature that convenes every odd year beginning in the first week of January of that year and is constitutionally bound to an 80 day session. At the conclusion of the regular assembly, Legislative Management appoints legislators to Interim Committees with the task of studying legislatively approved issues and subjects for recommendations to future legislative sessions.
2015-2017 Interim Committees
- Budget Section – (Click here for full assignment listing)
- The Budget Section meets quarterly during the Interim and receives updates and reports on progress related to the approved 2015-2017 budget and can make adjustments necessary for the operation of North Dakota agencies.
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- Studying the delivery methods of higher education courses offered by institutions under the control of the State Board of Higher Education.
- Study the missions of all two-year institutions and the missions of any other institutions under the control of the State Board of Higher Education, as determined by the Legislative Management, including the feasibility and desirability of the institutions offering only workforce and career and technical education programs.
- Studying administrative costs at institutions under the control of the State Board of Higher Education.