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Presentation by: Tom Seymour State Senator. Senator Tom Seymour Minot, North Dakota 5 th District . A Guide to Lawmaking in North Dakota. Dr. Tom Seymour Professor Minot State University Minot, North Dakota 701-858-3307

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Presentation by tom seymour state senator

Presentation by:

Tom Seymour

State Senator

Senator Tom Seymour

Minot, North Dakota

5th District

A guide to lawmaking in north dakota

A Guide to Lawmaking in North Dakota

  • Dr. Tom Seymour

  • Professor

  • Minot State University

  • Minot, North Dakota

  • 701-858-3307


How a bill becomes law

How A Bill Becomes law

  • Bill Preparation

  • Bills are usually prepared by Legislative Council for introduction by a legislator. If a bill is not prepared by the Legislative Council, the bill must be reviewed by the Legislative Council for proper form and style.

Bill introduction

Bill Introduction

  • After the preliminary business of opening a session the presiding officer (the Lieutenant Governor in the Senate and Speaker in the House) calls for an introduction of bills. Any legislator may hand the bill to the bill clerk.

Bill number assignment

Bill Number Assignment

  • The bill clerk assigns a number to the bill and the Chief Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate reads the bill by title only (first reading of the bill – 9th Order of Business)

Committee assignment and introduction

Committee Assignment and Introduction

  • The presiding officer refers the bill to the proper committee. In committee, the bill is explained and discussed.

  • The presiding officer assigns bills to committee with the approval of the majority leader

Public input

Public input

  • Public hearings are held on every bill.

  • Vote No on HB 1001

  • Vote Yes on HB 1001

Committee recommendation report

Committee Recommendation Report

  • The full committee may:

  • Report the bill unfavorably with or without amendment

  • Report the bill favorably with or without amendment

  • Report the bill without any recommendation and with or without amendment

  • Request the bill’s re-referral to another committee with or without any amendment

Presentation by tom seymour state senator


  • Each Committee reports to the House or Senate on the bills that have been referred to the committee

  • With Amendment

  • Without Recommendation

  • Favorable

  • Unfavorable

Calendar placement amendment

Calendar Placement - Amendment

  • All bills regardless of type of committee report will be placed on the calendar for final passage.

  • If the committee recommends an amendment, the amendment is placed on the calendar and adopted or rejected before the bill is placed on the calendar.

Floor debate

Floor debate

  • When a bill comes up on the calendar the bill is read again. This is known as the second reading and is the time when the bill can be finally passed or defeated. Then the bill is debated on the floor of the House or Senate.

Chamber consideration

Chamber Consideration

  • After debate, the bill is passed or defeated. If passed, the bill is delivered (messaged) to the other house.

Second house consideration

Second House Consideration

  • If the second house passes the bill in the same form, the bill is enrolled signed by the presiding officer, and sent to the Governor. If the second house amends and then passes the bill it is sent back to the first house for concurrence. If the first house does not concur the presiding officers of both houses appoint a conference committee.

Conference committee

Conference Committee

  • The conference committee makes recommendations to both houses and both houses must approve the bill in the same form.



  • The bill then is enrolled (signed by the presiding officers), and sent to the Governor. If signed by the Governor or if forwarded to the Secretary of State without being signed the bill becomes law (usually August 1 or July 1 for appropriations and revenue measures).



  • Resolutions, such as ones to change the Constitution do not require the signature of the Governor.

Veto override

Veto Override

  • If vetoed, the bill can still become law by a 2/3 vote in both houses.

Voters referral

Voters Referral

  • A bill, once passed, may be repealed, whole or in part, through a vote of the electorate – a referendum. This bill may be referred to a Public vote if citizens gather sufficient signatures to put it on the ballot.

Initiated measure

Initiated Measure

  • A law also may be proposed and acted upon by the electorate by means of an initiated measure.

Fun facts nd legislative branch

Fun Facts –ND Legislative Branch

  • To serve in the ND Legislative Assembly a person must be:

  • At least 18 years of age as of the election date.

  • A qualified elector of the legislative district

  • * A resident of North Dakota for one year before the election.

More legislative facts

More Legislative Facts

  • The first female legislators (Minnie Craig and Nellie Dougherty) were elected in 1922.

  • Brynhild Haugland was the longest serving legislator in North Dakota. She served for 52 years.

  • There are 47 districts each represented by 2 representatives and 1 senator.

Other fun nd facts

Other Fun ND Facts

  • ND is named after the Dakota Sioux Tribe. Dakota is the Sioux word for “friends”.

  • North Dakota became the 39th state in the US when it was admitted into the Union on November 2, 1889.

  • There are 86,842 miles of roadway.

  • There are 54,313 miles of rivers.

  • Record low temperature is -60F - (Recorded in Parshall February 15, 1936)

More nd fun facts

More ND Fun Facts

  • Record high temperature is 121F (Recorded in Steele July 6, 1936)

  • North Dakota is the 19th largest state by area in the United States (70,762 square miles).

  • The town of Rugby is considered to be the geographic center of the North American continent.

North dakota legislative council

North Dakota Legislative Council

  • State Capitol

  • 600 East Boulevard Avenue

  • Bismarck, ND 58505

  • 701.328.2916


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