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Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature

House Bills for the 23rd NMC Legislature House of Representatives:

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Leg No. Author Title  
HB 23-1 Flores, MR To amend 7 CMC §4101 to lower the interest rate of civil money judgments from nine percent (9%) to three percent (3%). Details
HB 23-2 Benavente, RC To require the Department of Public Works to establish a solid waste transfer stations in Kagman and the southern portion of the Island of Saipan; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-3 Benavente, RC MARPI TOLL FEE To impose a toll fee to be paid by passengers who enter the Marpi area; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-4 Yumul, RN To establish a process for the delivery of a State of the Commonwealth Address to the Legislature by the Governor. Details
HB 23-5 Yangetmai, DK TO LEGALIZE THE USE OF GILLNETS [TEKKING] FOR NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSES ONLY WITHIN THE LAGOON OF THE THIRD SENATORIAL DISTRICT. To amend 2 CMC §§ 5631 and 5109 to authorize gill net, locally known as “tekking” in the Third Senatorial District and provide additional penalties for any violations. Details
HB 23-6 Sablan, JP To amend 4 CMC § 8112 to prioritize net metering to include public libraries; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-7 Sablan, JP To amend 4 CMC §1401(d) to increase revenues by properly taxing tobacco products. Details
HB 23-8 Yangetmai, DK To require all contractors to be licensed in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Details
HB 23-9 Yangetmai, DK To require Legislative Appropriation for all Non-Locally-Sourced Funds allocated for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Details
HB 23-10 Sablan, JP To amend 8 CMC §1204, as amended by Public Law 22-25, to create an exemption to the requirement that a marriage certificate include the “places of residence”. Details
HB 23-11 Camacho, VC To amend Title 1, Division 8 of the Commonwealth Code by establishing a Veterans’ Preference employment provision for the CNMI Government; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-12 Camacho, VC To amend 1 CMC § 7831 to provide for direct legislative appropriation to the Office of the Public Auditor, and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-13 Flores, MR To amend the Crimes and Criminal Procedure Code definitions of dangerous weapon and serious bodily injury. Details
HB 23-14 Flores, MR To amend 6 CMC §1805 of the Commonwealth Code on Vandalism To amend the punishment for the crime of vandalism to include the option of confinement. Details
HB 23-15 Camacho, VC To amend Title 6 of the Commonwealth Code by adding a new Chapter to enact provisions associated with public corruption, other unlawful influence and related offenses for public officials; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-16 Castro, MGT To reduce start-up costs for small businesses. Details
HB 23-17 Sablan, JP Contraband Reform Act of 2023 To provide clarity relative to the crime of promoting prison contraband Details
HB 23-18 Castro, MGT BEVERAGE CONTAINER ACT OF 2023 To reduce the CNMI’s growing litter problem and to conserve resources by accepting beverage containers for refund value and providing penalties. Details
HB 23-19 Castro, MGT FOOD PANTRY TAX CREDIT To provide a tax credit for taxpayers who make donations of cash or food supplies to a qualified local food pantry, homeless shelter, or soup kitchen. Details
HB 23-20 Castro, MGT Sablan, JP To amend the quorum and removal of members provisions for the State Board of Education; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-21 Camacho, DVF To amend the compensation of the CNMI Cannabis Commission members. Details
HB 23-22 Flores, MR To establish an investigative division of the Office of Attorney General, codify investigative subpoena power and improve the investigation of cases involving public corruption. Details
HB 23-23 Omar, MJ ESTABLISH CNMI DRUG OVERDOSE POLICY Details
HB 23-24 Omar, MJ To provide an affirmative defense against drug possession charges in the case of an overdose. Details
HB 23-25 Omar, MJ GOOD SAMARITAN AMENDMENT Protect and encourage opioid overdose reversal administration by granting limited immunity from civil liability. Details
HB 23-26 Attao, BJT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT REVOLVING FUND AMENDMENT To amend 4 CMC 1402 (g)(1) to allocate 10 percent of the excise tax to the Solid Waste Management Revolving Fund. Details
HB 23-27 Flores, JA To ensure that the expenditure authority designated in the Annual Appropriation Act retains exclusive control over all funds appropriated to it. Details
HB 23-28 Camacho, AA To clarify the process for appropriation of administrative expenses of the Department of Public Lands and timely transfer of funds to Marianas Public Land Trust. Details
HB 23-29 Propst, EK To Establish Whistleblower Reward for Reporting Tax Violations and Clarifies the Mechanism for Payment. Details
HB 23-30 Benavente, RC To impose an additional five percent (5%) on any licensed construction contractor that earns a yearly gross revenue of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) or more for a period of three years. Details
HB 23-31 Yumul, RN To repeal and re-enact Public Law 22-22 in order to make revised appropriations for the operations and activities of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, its agencies, instrumentalities, and independent programs, and to provide revised budget authority for the government corporations for the Fiscal Year 2023; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-32 Castro, MGT To establish a scholarship for residents attending international colleges/universities or technical education programs. Details
HB 23-33 Flores, MR THE KEISHA KING BAIL REFORM ACT To improve standards in bail proceedings by establishing bail procedures, authorizing denial of bail, imposing conditions of release and protecting victims. Details
HB 23-34 Propst, EK To establish and authorize the use of legend drugs and controlled substances for euthanasia by animal control agencies and humane societies. Details
HB 23-35 Manglona, TJDLC Camacho, DVF To enact a provision to provide tax incentives for employers who hire individuals with special needs. Details
HB 23-36 Flores, JA To amend 9 CMC §8209 by removing the seven-day grace period for motorists who violate 9 CMC §§8203 and 8204; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-37 Flores, JA To amend the Department of Public Safety’s time period to produce police traffic and criminal investigation reports from 10 days to 3 days. Details
HB 23-38 Flores, JA To establish provisions for jaywalking; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-39 Manglona, TJDLC To establish a tax credit for monetary donations/contributions made to public hospitals and/or clinics. Details
HB 23-40 Flores, MR To amend the crime of misuse of financial instruments to include debit cards and assign a punishment. Details
HB 23-41 Flores, MR To establish an excise tax for beletnut/areca nut and lime mix/afok/or bweesch. Details
HB 23-42 Flores, MR To amend procedures for a preliminary hearing in a criminal case. Details
HB 23-43 Castro, MGT To amend Title 2, Division 3, Chapter 4, Section 34169(c) of the Commonwealth Code to enable the mayors of each municipality to enforce provisions in the Litter Control Act of 1989, as amended; and for other purpose. Details
HB 23-44 Flores, MR To improve criminal investigations by the Public Auditor of fraud, waste and abuse in the collection and expenditure of public funds and cooperation with the Attorney General. Details
HB 23-45 Omar, MJ To amend the crime of child abuse. Details
HB 23-46 Aldan, VRS To amend Title 1, Division 2, Part 1, Chapter 3, Article 1, § 2153 (h) of the Commonwealth Code to exclude public corporations and autonomous agencies from obtaining the Office of Attorney General’s services; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-47 Omar, MJ To establish parity in coverage and payments for mental health services delivered through telehealth and in person. Details
HB 23-48 Yangetmai, DK To amend Title 4, Division 9 of the Commonwealth Code to place the apprenticeship program within the Department of Labor and to repeal 3 CMC §1351 through §1358 in their entirety; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-49 Flores, MR To provide the Legislature with access to executive branch financial information for budgeting, appropriation and expenditure oversight. Details
HB 23-50 Camacho, DVF To remove marijuana from all pre-employment drug testing for government applicants with certain exceptions; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-51 Attao, BJT To amend 9 CMC §3114 by requiring the Department of Public Safety’s Rules & Regulations regarding Commercial vehicles be consistent with those of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and for other p Details
HB 23-52 Aldan, VRS CDA-CUC Loan Write-Off Act of 2023 To authorized the Commonwealth Development Authority (CDA) that they must write off the principal sum and interest loan extended to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC); and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-53 Ogo, JMA To reform the Investment Incentive Act of 2000 to promote economic development in the Commonwealth and increase competitiveness of the Commonwealth for private sector investment. Details
HB 23-54 Castro, MGT To amend certain provisions of the CNMI Recycling Act of 1999 to establish the Department of Public Works as its proper authority; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-55 Castro, MGT To advance indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian language education in the CNMI. Details
HB 23-56 Attao, BJT To utilize the remaining sixty percent (60%) of the total of indirect cost revenue or reimbursement by fiscal year collected for each grant to address the CNMI Government’s financial deficit; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-57 Attao, BJT To establish the Health Network Program Revolving Fund Account and provide funding from the collection of revenue from tax liens and gross revenue tax penalties. Details
HB 23-58 Camacho, AA To amend 9 CMC § 2116 to provide for the identification of combat veteran, combat disabled veteran, purple heart, gold star family, & silver star veterans on the vehicle license plate; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-59 Aldan, VRS To transition governmental electric rates to commercial rates; and for other purpose. Details
HB 23-60 Attao, BJT To re-appropriate funds under Section 2(g) of Public Law 20-62 for the Health Network Program (HNP); and for other purporses. Details
HB 23-61 Sablan, JP To establish a right of survivorship for certain causes of action. Details
HB 23-62 Yangetmai, DK To amend 4 CMC § 1205 to include the CNMI Women’s Association and the Northern Marianas Technical Institute as qualified educational institutions to benefit from the education tax credit. Details
HB 23-63 Ogo, JMA To require business establishments to install digital closed circuit television cameras and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-64 Castro, MGT Inmate Salary Act of 2023 To authorize local inmates in the CNMI Department of Corrections to be paid for work they perform while imprisoned. Details
HB 23-65 Camacho, DVF To prohibit the selling of copper wire for a period of two (2) years; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-66 Yumul, RN To make appropriations for the operations and activities of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, its agencies, instrumentalities, and independent programs, and to provide budget authority for government corporations for Fiscal Year 2024; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-67 Sablan, JP To amend the authority for compliance officers to staff treatment programs in the Judiciary. Details
HB 23-68 Flores, MR To increase the passenger vehicle excise tax to ten (10) percent; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-69 Castro, MGT To exempt CNMI agencies from obtaining a permit for the repair, maintenance, or replacement of any public improvement that is not a new improvement; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-70 Castro, MGT To establish the offense of drunk and disorderly conduct as a payable infraction; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-71 Camacho, AA To provide disclosure requirements upon transfer of ownership of a vehicle rebuilt from salvage. Details
HB 23-72 Propst, EK To establish a Department of Labor Revolving Fund and authorize the collection of fees through the Administrative Hearing Office for services to other agencies. Details
HB 23-73 Camacho, DVF To amend 1 CMC § 7406 (a)(4) to include the Office of the Public Auditor (OPA) vehicles in the definition of “Law enforcement vehicle”. Details
HB 23-74 Yumul, RN To impose an additional 3% tax on the yearly gross revenue of constructions activities in excess of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) for a period of three years. Details
HB 23-75 Ogo, JMA To re-appropriate Thirteen thousand four hundred one dollars ($13,401.00) allotted under Public Law No. 20-61; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-76 Flores, MR To require submission of proposed Court rule amendments in a format that shows the changes; and for other purposes. [ADDED-9/15/2023] H. B. NO. 23-77: Introduced by REP. on September 15, 2023; moved and placed on the Bill Calendar. Details
HB 23-77 Villagomez, ES To authorize a revolving line of credit between the CNMI Government and the Marianas Public Land Trust in the amount of $15,000,000 with repayment terms, interest and pledge as security the interest income distributions from the Marianas Public Land Trust pursuant to Article XI, Section 6(d) of the Northern Mariana Islands Constitution. Details
HB 23-78 Flores, MR AMEND BEVERAGE CONTAINER TAX (SOFT DRINKS & ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES) INCREASE TO 15 CENTS PER CONTAINER Details
HB 23-79 Flores, MR To increase marriage license application fees. Details
HB 23-80 Camacho, JC To establish a fund from opioid settlement monies and a council to oversee funding for substance abuse abatement programs. Details
HB 23-81 Manglona, TJDLC

To establish a permanent One Stop Shop Business License and Permitting Center Operated by the Department of Commerce and to incorporate a seven (7) working day maximum waiting period on all new business license and permitting applications; and for other purposes.

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HB 23-82 Manglona, TJDLC To amend the Fire Safety Code to apply the International Fire Code guiding standard in the Commonwealth. Details
HB 23-83 Propst, EK To authorize the Secretary of the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to approve licensed veterinarians. Details
HB 23-84 Manglona, TJDLC To prohibit minimum dollar amount requirements for purchases using credit and/or debit cards. Details
HB 23-85 Yumul, RN To allow for businesses who cumulatively possess more than 100 hotel rooms to engage in electronic gaming activities. Details
HB 23-86 Flores, MR To modernize the crime of burglary and the punishment ranges. Details
HB 23-87 Omar, MJ To amend 3 CMC §2824 to authorize the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation to establish a charitable foundation. Details
HB 23-88 Manglona, TJDLC To rename the “Ma’afala Breadfruit Program” as the “Ivan A. Blanco Breadfuit Program”. Details
HB 23-89 Camacho, DVF To appropriate Three Hundred Eighty Thousand, Five Hundred Twenty-Nine Dollars and Thirty-Three Cents ($380,529.33) generated under 4 CMC §53036; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-90 Yumul, RN To enable Internet Gaming (iGaming) in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-91 Attao, BJT To amend Section 711 of CNMI Public Law 23-09 to allow for the Department of Public Lands (DPL) to utilize One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) allotted under Civil Case No. 16-0004 to enhance their respective services. Details
HB 23-92 Aldan, VRS To suspend the Net Energy Metering in the CNMI; and for other purpose. Details
HB 23-93 Ogo, JMA To amend Title 4, Division 1, by adding a new Chapter 13 and repealing Chapter 5, § 1502, Hotel Occupancy Tax, and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-94 Camacho, AA To require the staff of the Department of Public Works’ Building Safety Division to be in the Civil Service System; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-95 Villagomez, ES To Repeal and Re-enact Public Law 23-12; and for other purposes. *[AUTHORIZE $15M LOC between MPLT & CNMI GOVT] Details
HB 23-96 Attao, BJT

To repeal and reenact 4 CMC 2307 and 4 CMC 2308 to Designate the casino annual license fee to supplemt the payment of the 25 percent of all the retirees' pension and to identify recipients of the funds generated from the Casino Gross Revenue Tax; and for other purposes.

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HB 23-97 Aldan, VRS To amend certain provisions of the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission Act of 2006; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-98 Sablan, JP To remove the exemption of certified ENERGY STAR devices and solar electric power producing hardware from the imposition of the excise tax. Details
HB 23-99 Aldan, VRS To require all vessels and/or motorboats to possess and utilize a Global Positioning System (GPS). Details
HB 23-100 Propst, EK

To provide for the issuance of certificates as certified public accountants to regulate the practice of accountancy in the public interest; to establish a board of Accountancy and prescribe its powers and duties; and for other purposes. May be cited as the "Accountacy Act of 2024"

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HB 23-101 Camacho, AA To establish a revolving fund account for DLNR submerged land fees. Details
HB 23-102 Ogo, JMA To establish the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Price Council (CPC) to regulate and monitor prices to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare of the people of the CNMI; ensure fair pricing practices; protect consumers from exploitation; promote market stability; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-103 Castro, MGT To amend 4 CMC § 1305 to exempt services and the sale or exchange of securities and other similar assets from gross revenue tax; to amend 4 CMC § 1708 to allow rebates for exempted activities; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-104 Attao, BJT To appropriate $5,236,000.00 of the dividends collected by the Commonwealth Economic Development Authority (CEDA) from the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) for the Twenty Five Percent (25%) retirees’ pension for all retirees of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Details
HB 23-105 Flores, MR To integrate the Board of Parole into the Department of Corrections. Details
HB 23-106 Castro, MGT To establish a Police Reserve Unit within Department of Public Safety. Details
HB 23-107 Flores, MR To repeal the salaries of the Commissioners of the Commonwealth Casino Commission and the CNMI Cannabis Commission and to require that these Commissioners receive compensation in accordance with 1 CMC § 8247. Details
HB 23-108 Camacho, DVF To provide the Public Auditor with the power and duty to establish, develop, and implement a training program on ethics and related matters for all government employees and public officials of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Details
HB 23-109 Castro, MGT To authorize the Indigenous Affairs Office (IAO) to promulgate fees; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-110 Castro, MGT To authorize the Carolinian Affairs Office (CAO) to promulgate fees; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-111 Castro, MGT To allow for the Substance Abuse, Addiction & Rehabilitation (SAAR) Program to promulgate fees; and for other purposes. Details
HB 23-112 Flores, MR To establish the Office of Financial Integrity and Compliance (OFIC) and the OFIC Oversight Committee to improve the CNMI Government’s financial management and reporting. Details
HB 23-113 Sablan, JP To provide greater authority to government transit buses owned and operated by the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority (COTA); and for other purposes. Details