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THE WEEK AHEAD IN N.D. LEGISLATURE: On the agenda: liquor, taxes, marriage, speeding

BISMARCK-North Dakota lawmakers leap into their first full week today, hearing bills on outlawing funeral protests and banning liquor-inhaling devices.

BISMARCK-North Dakota lawmakers leap into their first full week today, hearing bills on outlawing funeral protests and banning liquor-inhaling devices.

The Legislature also continues this week with proposals to regulate tanning salons, reduce marriage license fees, nix taxes on home heating fuels and boost fines for speeding and other traffic offenses.

Bills to change how property taxes or sales taxes pay for local schools and a proposed ban on smoking on the Capitol grounds also get hearings this week.

And lawmakers will begin the process of deciding how much money goes to the state's colleges and universities.

A look at some of bills set for hearings this week:

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Today

-- House Bill 1040: Republican legislators' proposal to ban protesters at military members' funerals is heard in the House Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. A similar bill sponsored by Democratic-NPL legislators, HB 1163 doesn't have a hearing date yet.

-- House Bill 1082: A ban on "alcohol without liquid" devices, in which imbibers inhale vaporized alcohol, has its hearing in House Judiciary at 1 p.m.

-- House Bill 1003: The House Appropriations Committee begins at 8:30 a.m. to consider the budget bill for the North Dakota University System, a process that will continue all week.

Tuesday

-- House Bill 1049: Repeal of sales and excise taxes on natural gas, propane and heating fuel is heard in House Finance and Tax at 9:30 a.m.

-- Senate Bill 2029: Legalizes use of electronic monitoring for "sex offender containment" and for other criminal offenders who are on parole, work release, furlough and in other situations. The program is expected to cost $360,000 every two years. 9 a.m., Senate Judiciary.

Wednesday

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-- House Bill 1154: A plan to require tanning salons to buy a state Health Department permit and ban anyone younger than 16 from using tanning devices gets a hearing in House Human Services in a meeting that begins at 8 a.m.

-- House Bill 1041: Diners at restaurants would be allowed to take the remainder of a bottle of wine with them when they leave. Fourth of four bills to be heard beginning at 9 a.m. in House Industry, Business and Labor.

-- House Bill 1029: This outlaws cities and counties from giving local sales tax revenue to school districts. Heard at 9 a.m. in House Finance and Tax.

-- Senate Bill 2041: Gives couples a $25 break on the usual state marriage license fee of $65 if they can show they have had four hours of premarital counseling. 9 a.m., Senate Judiciary.

-- Senate Bill 2032: A plan to dump about $75 million state funds into local school funding as a way to decrease property taxes gets a hearing at 9 a.m. in the Senate Finance and Tax Committee. Bill came from an interim legislative committee.

-- Senate Bill 2103: Has the state reimburse medical providers for the cost of gathering forensic evidence from sexual assault victims ("rape kit"), so victims are not responsible for the bill. Hearing is at 10:30 a.m. in Senate Judiciary.

Thursday

-- House Bill 1079: Bans smoking on the entire Capitol Grounds. House Government and Veterans Affairs, 9 a.m.

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Friday

-- House Bill 1113: Raises speeding and other traffic fines on roads outside home-rule cities. Hearing at 9 a.m. in House Transportation.

-- House Bill 1114: Sets a 40 mph minimum speed on Interstates 29 and 94. To be heard immediately following HB 1113.

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