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Judiciary Committee

Interim Committee Studies and Assignments

(20 members)

1050 § 6 Study the implications of the potential adoption of an initiated measure allowing the use of recreational marijuana. The study must consider the potential benefits and detriments of legalizing recreational marijuana

1453 § 6 Consider studying the state's civil commitment laws and procedures under North Dakota Century Code Chapters 25‑03.1 and 25‑03.2 and the behavioral health and civil justice systems to determine whether:  steps could be taken to prevent and to decrease the incidence of violence committed by persons who are mentally ill

2015 § 34 Study the state's charitable gaming laws. The study must include: an evaluation of whether charitable gaming is being expanded properly; whether the addition of new games, such as sports betting and historic horse racing, is appropriate; and whether such expansion should be approved by the voters; an evaluation regarding the appropriate limitations, restrictions, and oversight if new games are added; an evaluation of whether a portion of gaming proceeds should be deposited in the gambling disorder prevention and treatment fund; and a review of whether the laws regarding eligible uses for proceeds, gambling sites and locations, limitations, enforcement, conduct and play of charitable gaming are fair, adequate, and appropriate.

2148 § 1 Study the implementation and requirements of Article XIV of the Constitution of North Dakota concerning the transparency of funding sources, lobbyists, conflicts of interest, and related matters, the responsibilities of the Legislative Assembly and the Ethics Commission, and potential issues under the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Dakota. The members of the Ethics Commission must be invited to participate on the study committee as nonvoting members. The study must include a review of existing laws and laws enacted to implement Article XIV and consideration of whether the civil and criminal sanctions for violations of the constitutional provisions and the statutes are appropriate; whether legislative action regarding Article XIV is necessary or desirable; and an effective means to educate public officials, lobbyists, and the public on the requirements of Article XIV and other laws regarding government ethics.

3031 Study the juvenile justice process, levels of collaboration among various service systems, implementation of dispositional alternatives, and methods for improving outcomes for juveniles involved in the process. The Legislative Management may seek technical assistance, as appropriate, from the Council of State Governments' Justice Center.

Statutory and constitutional revision

Receive a report from the Attorney General by November 1 of each year summarizing activity of any civilly forfeited property (NDCC § 19-03.1-36.8(4))

Receive annual reports from the State Department of Health on the number of applications, registered qualifying patients, registered designated caregivers, nature or debilitating medical conditions, identification cards revoked, health care providers providing written certifications, compassionate care centers; and expenses incurred and revenues generated by the department. (NDCC § 19-24.1-39)

Receive report from the Department of Human Services before March 1 of each even-numbered year on services provided by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation relating to individuals at the State Hospital who have been committed to the care and custody of the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services (NDCC § 50-06-31)

Receive biennial report from the Racing Commission and recommendations for legislation which address the issue of the liability of charitable organizations that receive and disburse money handled through account wagering (NDCC § 53-06.2-04)

Receive report, as requested, from the Director of the North Dakota Lottery regarding the operation of the lottery (NDCC § 53‑12.1‑03)

Review any executive order issued by the President of the United States which has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law, and recommend to the Attorney General and the Governor that the executive order be further reviewed to determine the constitutionality of the order and whether the state should seek an exemption from the order or seek to have the order declared to be an unconstitutional exercise of legislative authority by the President (NDCC § 54-03-32)

Review uniform laws recommended by the Commission on Uniform State Laws (NDCC § 54-35-02)

Receive annual report from the Director of the Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents containing pertinent data on the indigent defense contract system and established public defender offices (NDCC § 54-61-03)

Receive an annual report from the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children before July 1 of each even-numbered year with any findings and recommendations. Before July 1, 2024, the task force shall submit a final report. (2019 House Bill No. 1237, § 1)

Receive a report from the Attorney General during the 2019-20 interim regarding the status and results of the human trafficking victims grant program (2019 Senate Bill No. 2003, § 10)

Receive a report from the Commission on Juvenile Justice with the commission's findings and recommendations which may include a legislative strategy to implement the recommendations (2019 Senate Bill No. 2313, § 4)