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BISMARCK – A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation in North Dakota received an unfavorable committee vote Tuesday. The House Human...
BISMARCK — A proposal to raise the cap on North Dakota's Outdoor Heritage Fund by $20 million drew strong support from conservation groups and others Friday, but a Bismarck lawmaker questioned whether cuts should be considered given the state's financial outlook amid slumping oil prices. The discussion comes after North Dakota voters rejected a constitutional amendment last November that would have dedicated 5 percent of the state's oil extraction tax revenue into a conservation fund for projects related to water, wildlife habitat and parks.Dennis Hill, general manager of the North
BISMARCK — Senate lawmakers voted 35-12 Monday to extend the oil tax rate reduction known as the "small trigger" through June 2019, two years longer than the version approved by the House last month. The small trigger is designed to incentivize drilling and encourage production through low oil prices. If the price of oil averages below $55 per barrel for one month, the small trigger lowers the oil extraction tax for new wells drilled from 6.5 percent to 2 percent on the first 75,000 barrels of oil produced or the first $4.5 million of gross value during the first 18 months after
BISMARCK — Leaders of North Dakota's largest farm organization decided Friday to pursue a ballot measure asking voters to reject a recently signed bill that would relax the state's anti-corporate farming law for dairy and swine operations. North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne made the announcement Friday afternoon on the slushy steps of the state Capitol in front of about 150 farmers and others who rallied in support of family farms. "We believe family farm agriculture is the best tool to feed the world," he said. Supporters must gather 13,452 valid signatures by June 18
BISMARCK — A bill that's anticipated to be one of the most debated of the legislative session is headed for an overhaul next week, but not in the way western North Dakota officials hoping for a greater share of oil tax revenue were expecting. State law currently taxes oil production at 5 percent and divides fourth-fifths of that revenue through a formula that sends 75 percent to the state and 25 percent to political subdivisions. When House members voted Feb.
BISMARCK – Leaders of North Dakota’s largest farmer-member organization decided Friday to pursue a ballot measure asking voters to reject a recently signed bill that would relax the state’s anti-corporate...
BISMARCK — Republican lawmakers butted heads Thursday over a bill that aims to end anonymous open records requests by legislators, but an apparent loophole in the bill could render it ineffective. The prime sponsor of Senate Bill 2222, Sen.
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BISMARCK — An open records request targeting a North Dakota State University official produced about 100,000 pages of emails that could take more than two years to redact, an attorney said, as state lawmakers consider a bill that would strip them of their anonymity when making such requests for public records. The request, filed March 18 by the North Dakota Legislative Council on behalf of an unidentified legislator, seeks all emails to and from Kelly Rusch, the vice president for research and creative activity at NDSU, from May 1 to March 15. It also asks for "information on the b
BISMARCK — With his husband standing nearby, Bernie Erickson told North Dakota lawmakers on Monday that it was wrong the first two times the Legislature voted down bills to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. "I think if this fails a third time, you are sending a very clear message that not only are you OK with discrimination in North Dakota, you encourage it," the Fargo Realtor said. But Alison Grotberg, who traveled from the small town of Wimbledon in east-central North Dakota to testify at the Capitol in Bismarck, said Senate Bill 2279 would create a law "stripping