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HB 1422 certainly has changed from the original intent for the bill! It originally provided…
HB 1422 has momentum and will probably pass as amended in the House. You can still contact your House members with your views. After cross over on March 8th the bill will have the opportunity to be amended by the Senate. You may want to contact your Senator and let them know it is coming and share your thoughts. Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is another way to share your views.
The House amended the bill by
The House will vote on the amended bill after the bill gets reviewed by the Appropriations Committee.
Bipartisan group calls on Legislature to address North Dakota’s childcare crisis
(BISMARCK, N.D.) – During a press conference Friday at the State Capitol in Bismarck, Senator Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford, and Representative Kathy Hawken, R-Fargo spoke on the importance of addressing significant childcare needs in North Dakota to help our kids and increase our state’s economic development and prosperity.
Heckaman and Hawken’s call to action comes in response to the House Human Services Committee’s vote to cut $13.325 million from HB 1442, a bill developed with legislators and the Governor’s office to address the childcare crisis in western North Dakota and throughout the state. Out of the $15.425 million originally contained in this legislation to address unmet childcare needs, only $2.1 million remains.
“That’s like throwing five feet of rope to a person who is drowning 50 feet off shore,” Representative Hawken said. “We have economic developers that are recruiting people and wanting to bring in families. In order to have those quality people stay in North Dakota and raise their families they need to be able to care for their children. Right now that need is not being met.”
“It is already difficult to provide child care, and it is even more difficult for families to find someone to care for special needs children,” said Heckaman, the prime sponsor of SB 2244, which would increase access and improve special-needs childcare. “The solutions to our childcare crisis can be found this legislative session. It is just a matter of political will. We have the means to provide parents with the reassurance that there will be someone to take care of their children while they pursue career opportunities in North Dakota.”
The cuts made to HB 1442 defund several important priorities:
“This is a not a political issue, this is a ‘let’s help North Dakota parents and kids’ issue,” she said.
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