Today at the Legislature: Money for Newborns, Bible Classes, and More

Should classes on the Holy Bible be offered as electives in public schools? Should children born in North Dakota receive $5,000? These questions and more will be considered at the State Capitol today.

  • House Bill 1066, known as Operation Prairie Dog, will have its first hearing in the House Finance and Taxation Committee at 10:00 AM in the Fort Totten Room. The bill would change the way oil and gas tax revenue is distributed to fund local infrastructure projects.
  • At 9:30 AM in the Red River Room, the Senate Human Services Committee will hear Senate Bill 2028. The bill would allocate $600,000 for behavioral health in North Dakota — a priority for lawmakers and the Governor’s office.
  • Senate Bill 2136 would make curriculum based around the Holy Bible available as an elective in both public and private schools in North Dakota. The Senate Education Committee will consider this bill at 9:30 AM in the Sheyenne River Room.
  • The Senate Education Committee will then consider Senate Bill 2141 at 10:15 AM in the Sheyenne River Room. This would direct the Bank of North Dakota to give each baby born in the state $5,000. The money wouild become available to the child upon turning 18. The bill is estimated to cost the state $105 million every two years.

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