BISMARCK—Although the 2017 North Dakota legislative session ended months ago, several new laws are scheduled to take effect Monday, Jan. 1.
A section of House Bill 1041 made probation the presumptive sentence for Class C felony and Class A misdemeanor offenses. The law makes exceptions for certain crimes, such as domestic violence offenses, and it allows a court to impose a prison sentence if there are "aggravating factors."
Campaign finance changes
A bill that a proponent said would improve the transparency of North Dakota elections will go into effect as the 2018 election inches near. Senate Bill 2343 prohibits the personal use of campaign contributions and requires the reporting of campaign expenses.
Child care license applications
Those seeking to renew a child care license will be required to submit the application and fees between 60 and 90 days before their current license expires. A North Dakota lawmaker cited the 2015 drowning of a 5-year-old girl in Velva, N.D., who was under the care of a child care center that had an expired license at the time. If the fees and application are submitted late, the fees double under a provision of Senate Bill 2090.
Training required for city auditors
Senate Bill 2148 requires city auditors to complete training "based on a curriculum specific to that office" within one year of taking office. Auditors are already required by state law to maintain a complete financial record of their city and keep records of city meetings, among other duties.