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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TOM FRIER: ND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FEBRUARY 12, 2013

With 3 weeks to go to Crossover--the time when all bills must be acted on in the house of origin---legislators are working hard to meet the deadline.  Passed bills move to the other chamber for another committee hearing and vote on the floor.  All six successful life bills will be acted on in the other chamber after crossover.

 

HB 1423 "Children's Parent's Marriage Preservation Act"  Support

 

HB 1423 was heard today in the House Judiciary Committee. 

 

The purpose of the bill is provide an opportunity for couples contemplating a divorce who have minor children to reconsider--preserving the stability of their home for their children.  The bill provides for a 6 month waiting period which includes 5 required information sessions relating to how the divorce would affect their children and their future financial challenges.

"We believe that adoption of HB 1423 would have the effect of preserving some marriages which otherwise would end in divorce, and the result would be positive for the couple and their children."  Tom Freier. To read Tom's testimony on HB 1423, Click Here.

 

Opponents (State Bar Association representing divorce attorneys) to the bill offered little hope stating they are doing all they can do.  The mediation process attempts to lead couples through a successful divorce proceeding.  Unfortunately their testimony failed to address the key component of the legislation--the future of the children.

Research (Tom's testimony) speaks to how divorce affects children; physically, emotionally, and financially.   

The House Judiciary Committee needs to hear from you, to do so click here  

Please contact your District House Legislators, advocating support for HB 1423.  To find your legislator, click here  

 

SB 2252  "Sexual Orientation"  Oppose

 

SB 2252 will be acted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee soon. 

This bill adds 'sexual orientation' to the code for the purpose of prohibiting discrimination. The definition of sexual orientation in this bill is subjective and vague. Unlike an immutable characteristic, like race, a characteristic which cannot change, "sexual orientation" defines conduct or behavior. The sexual orientation is self-identified as perceived by the individual, and may change.  To read entire testimony by Tom Freier, click here

Please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee, advocating a Do Not Pass, by  

And then contact your district Senator advocating a No vote, to find your Senator click here  

 

Church Property Tax


HB 1300 would restore the way church property is taxed to be in line with ND Constitutional intent.  The bill would exempt church property used for religious purposes from property tax.  Property not used for religious purposes, including property used to profit, would be taxed.  Churches already pay special assessments for infrastructure improvements.

It is on the House Calendar.

Please contact your District House Legislators asking support for HB 1300.

 


Legislative Forums

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Tom D Freier  

North Dakota Family Alliance Action



 

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