Key Legislative Wins and Losses

May 20
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It’s been a few weeks since the ND legislative session ended, and the dust has now settled on key pro-life and pro-family bills, so it is time for a summary. Here’s the list of wins and losses on key bills we engaged on using a variety of mechanisms such as written and in-person testimony, social media posts, action alerts, personal interaction with legislators, etc.

Note that there were other bills dealing with biblical values that were won and lost, however, this table provides a summary of the most important ones Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota contributed to.

 

Life Legislation Result
SB 2030 (Pro-Life Requirements for University Challenge Grants – FOR) WON
HB 1415 (Physician Assisted Suicide – OPPOSED) WON
SCR 4010 (ERA Ratification Expiration – FOR) WON

Family Legislation

Result
HB 1420 (Recreational Marijuana – OPPOSED) WON
HB 1389 (Legalize Internet Poker – OPPOSED) WON
HB 1443 (Bias/Thought Crimes – OPPOSED) WON
SCR 4011 (American History for Students – FOR) WON
HB 1234 (Legalized Sports Betting – OPPOSED) WON
SB 2308 (Ten Commandments/Pledge of Allegiance in Schools – FOR) WON
HB 1175 (Business Immunity from COVID‑19 Liability Claims – FOR) WON
HB 1245 (Essential Caregiver Act – FOR) WON
HB 1298 (Girls’ Fairness in Sports – FOR) LOST
SB 2176 (Payments to Parents for COVID Instruction – FOR) LOST

Religious Freedom Legislation

Result
SB 2181 (Religious Freedom During Emergencies – FOR) WON
HB 1137 (Tax Exemption for Private School Contributions – FOR) WON
HB 1503 (Free Speech on Public University Campuses – FOR) WON
HB 1410 (Religious Freedom in State Institutions – FOR) WON
HB 1471 (Preventing Taxation of Particular Church Property – FOR) WON
HB 1369 (Education Empowerment Program – FOR) LOST
HB 1281 (Tax Credits for Private and Home Schooling – FOR) LOST
HB 1497 (Tax Credits for Donations to Endowments and Non-Profits – FOR) LOST
SB 2288 (Education Scholarships in Exchange for Tax Credits – FOR) LOST

 

It was generally a good session for pro-life and pro-family values, with a few exceptions on particular bills. I want to thank all the legislators who led the charge on these important bills, legislators who consistently voted for biblical values, and the organizations who partnered with us and definitely share the credit for these wins. Finally, we want to thank each of you who supported our work and continue to make these types of wins possible.

If it was important to you that Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota successfully represented you on these bills, and that we will continue to represent you on similar issues going forward, we would ask for your financial support. We make it very easy to give online by simply following this secure link. Thank you for your support that makes all of this possible.

May God bless us as we strive to be faithful to His calling and as we act on our faith in all facets of life, including the political arena.

Blessings,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

 

P.S. – We are currently working on scorecards for key pro-life and pro-family legislation so that you can see how your Senator and Representatives voted on these important bills. We hope to have something completed shortly, but could use some volunteer help to check data and reporting.  If you have a bit of time in the next few weeks, please let us know and let’s see if we can work something out. Thanks!