For most, the only news emanating from the State Capitol during this interim year of the Legislature came from the state Tax Department’s recent announcement
that revenues from the sales tax had increased.
While good news, it’s not what NFIB kept its eye on in January. Instead, NFIB is more concerned with the work of the January 30 meeting of the Taxation Committee of the Legislature, which will be monitored throughout 2014 for its potentially positive or negative effects it has on North Dakota small business.
The North Dakota Legislature meets in full only in odd-numbered years, but in even-numbered years, interim committees consisting of every state legislator are established for the purpose of studying various issues in depth. According to the Legislature’s website, “In November of each even-numbered year, interim committees submit a final committee report to the Legislative Management. The Legislative Management considers the results of all committee work and may accept, reject, or amend committee reports. The Legislative Management then presents its recommendations, together with bills and resolutions necessary for implementation, to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Management is, in a sense, the Legislative Assembly working between sessions.”
So, you can get a glimpse of what’s on tap for 2015 by watching the work of these interim committees this year, and none of the committees is more important to small business than the Taxation Committee. To see what it’s up to, click here.
Have You Voted Your State Ballot?
If not, please do. The results from it center NFIB’s lobbying position in Bismarck.
Would You Like to Get More Involved?
We’d love for members to join NFIB’s North Dakota Leadership Council. Staff will work with you to put your small-business experience in testimony before legislative committees and help draft letters to the editors and guest editorials. You’ll also help shape NFIB’s lobbying and political work and promote its Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarships.
To get more involved, or if you have questions about your state ballot, send an email
to NFIB Member Support Manager Stephanie Wentz.