John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at aroundtown.areavoices.com.
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BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Senate passed a resolution Friday that, if approved by voters, would require legislators to live in the districts they represent. Senate Concurrent Resolution 4010 was introduced by legislative leadership from both parties earlier this session.
GRAND FORKS -- As taxpayers across the country made a last dash to submit their tax returns this week, another constituency has been seeking tax refunds from the state of North Dakota: Canadian citizens. The North Dakota Tax Commissioner's Office received more than 25,000 applications from Canadians for a sales tax refund in 2014, and the state refunded almost $3.4 million as part of a program that has existed in law in some form for decades as a way to encourage the state's northern neighbors to make purchases here.
Law enforcement, economic development expressed concern over bill BISMARCK—A bill setting some ground rules for North Dakota law enforcement's use of unmanned aircraft is headed to Gov. Jack Dalrymple's desk. The legislation is a "watered-down" version of the bill as it was introduced, said its primary sponsor Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota Senate passed legislation Thursday to place limits on law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial systems for surveillance despite concerns that it would impede the state's blossoming industry. Under House Bill 1328, information obtained from drones couldn't be used to get a search warrant.
BISMARCK -- As the North Dakota House prepares to consider a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, some business owners are using a workforce development argument to push for its passage. Several businesspeople in Grand Forks and Fargo have argued that Senate Bill 2279 can be a marketing tool to help a state with more than 20,000 job openings. "I feel that we should be doing everything that we can to let people know that when they move to North Dakota, whether it's to work in existing industries or to work for companies that are growing or to start their own business, tha
Grand Forks lawmaker reported $2,000 from Canadian BISMARCK -- North Dakota Democratic lawmakers have requested an opinion from the North Dakota attorney general on whether federal laws and regulations prohibiting foreign campaign contributions apply to statewide, legislative and local candidates. The request, which was delivered to the attorney general's office Tuesday, comes after it was revealed that state Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, reported a nearly $2,000 campaign contribution from a Canadian businessman last year.
BISMARCK -- A bill allowing for enhanced driver's licenses in North Dakota was voted down by the state House Wednesday afternoon. Senate Bill 2148 would have allowed North Dakota drivers to purchase a license that could be used to cross the Canadian border. Proponents have argued that it makes for a more convenient option for travelers who always have their license on them. The bill passed the Senate with just two dissenting votes last month, but received a do-not-pass recommendation from the House Transportation Committee. Rep.
Grand Forks senator reports Canadian campaign contributions.
Changes in voter ID law caused issues for some FARGO -- A new survey from North Dakota State University found that about 3 percent of North Dakota college students who tried to vote in November's election "were unable to participate due to confusion over residency requirements." The survey, conducted by the Upper Midwest Regional Center on Public Policy at NDSU and released Tuesday, comes after the North Dakota Legislature eliminated the voter affidavit option in 2013, which allowed someone to cast a ballot without proper identification.
BISMARCK -- A bill that would have raised taxes on a pack of cigarettes in North Dakota from 44 cents to $2 failed 17-30 in the state Senate Wednesday. North Dakota has among the lowest cigarette taxes in the country, and proponents of Senate Bill 2322 said the increase could help discourage smoking as well as raise state revenues. "Whether you like taxes or not, taxes do affect purchases," said Sen.