Sen. Terry Wanzek
We have 80 legislative days, per the North Dakota Constitution, to complete our work in the state's 66th legislative session. There is hope we can wrap things up with a few days remaining before the session ends May 2. There are two bills in this session that I believe can make a difference in the coming years for North Dakota Agriculture and our farmers and ranchers and their families. While HB 1106 may not be on agriculture's radar, I believe it is a significant bill that can have a direct effect on agriculture producers in our state.
We are back in session after crossover break last week. Between the two chambers, 904 bills were introduced this session, and we have 620 bills left after crossover; 284 failed and are gone. I'll talk about two bills that I believe offer great opportunity and potential to add value to North Dakota agriculture.
It's hard to believe the 2019 legislative session is in full swing. This will be my 12th legislative session serving District 29 in the North Dakota Legislature. I was first elected in 1992 at the age of 34. My son Ryan, who today is one of my farming partners and serves on the North Dakota Corn Growers Association board, was in kindergarten at the time. Throughout the years, my purpose and motivation for serving has remained the same — I have a passion for North Dakota agriculture.
It's hard to believe the 2017 North Dakota legislative session is over. I would like to thank Agweek for the opportunity to communicate with their readers on our legislative actions. After 77 days, we introduced 799 bills, and in the end, 441 survived and passed in some form.
It's now day 59 of our legislative session, and the North Dakota Constitution limits the Legislature to 80 working days of session. If you count only weekdays without weekends, that date is May 1. However, our intention is to leave around seven to 10 days in case we need to come back to clear up any issues in the future. As a farmer, this nice weather is getting me excited to get the job done and get home to start farming!
As I write, we are on the 39th day of the North Dakota legislative session. We came back into session this week after the crossover break. In the Senate, we are in the process of holding hearings and deliberating on bills that have already passed the House; the House is doing the same with bills that have passed the Senate. Between the two chambers, 778 bills were introduced this session, and we have 525 bills left to address; 253 failed and are gone. In comparison, we had 599 bills remaining at this point in the 2015 legislative session.