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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.
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.