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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.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House voted Tuesday to allow voters to use a bill or bank statement to verify their residency at the polls. House Bill 1333, sponsored by Rep. Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, would allow those without an updated identification to use a bill, bank statement or U.S. Postal Service change of address form dated 30 days before the election to vote.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — East Grand Forks police said Wednesday there is “nothing similar” between the cases of a missing 18-year-old woman and a man who died after working...
BISMARCK -- A proposal from North Dakota legislative leadership would require state lawmakers to live in the district they represent. The proposal, Senate Concurrent Resolution 4010, will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning.
BISMARCK — A representative of the North Dakota Student Association spoke against a bill that would tweak the state’s voter identification law Thursday. Kelsey Klein, governmental relations director for the...
Committees recommends bill approval allowing earlier alcohol sales on Sundays. BISMARCK -- A North Dakota legislative committee gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol an hour earlier -- 11 a.m. -- on Sundays. Bill sponsor state Rep. Marie Strinden, D-Grand Forks, said the bill is aimed at resolving the "inequality" between North Dakota and its neighbors, including Minnesota. East Grand Forks allows alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m.
GRAND FORKS -- A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would allow underage active military service members to drink alcohol on base. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Andrew Maragos, R-Minot, is scheduled for a hearing this morning in the House Judiciary Committee. It would allow service members between the ages of 18 and 21 to purchase and consume alcohol on a military installation in North Dakota if it's authorized by that base's commanding officer. Maragos, the lone sponsor on the bill, said he is bringing it forward on behalf of a citizen.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota legislative committee took no action Monday on a bill that would give the state's university students the right to an attorney during disciplinary hearings. The proposal, Senate Bill 2150, would give students and student organizations the right to an attorney or non-attorney advocate -- hired at the student's or organization's expense -- who could fully participate in the hearing process.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Another Grand Forks legislator has introduced a bill to tweak North Dakota's voter identification law. State Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, introduced a bill Thursday that would require student photo identification cards provided by North Dakota universities to include the student's date of birth and residential address. It would also require the university to provide each student with information on voter eligibility requirements. Holmberg said the bill was in response to trouble some students had voting during the November election.