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BISMARCK — State senators sent a strong message to the House on Thursday that lawmakers shouldn't be meddling in the recently awarded contract that will make Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1. The Senate voted 0-46 to kill House Bill 1475, a delayed bill introduced by legislative leaders from both parties after the NDPERS board voted Feb. 19 to switch the group's coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, which has held the contract for 37 years.
BISMARCK — After rejecting a similar measure last November, North Dakotans are one step away from voting on a constitutional amendment that would require costly initiated ballot measures to be placed on the general election ballot, when turnout is highest. House lawmakers voted 71-18 on Thursday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 3047 and put the amendment on the November 2016 ballot.
BISMARCK — New digs for North Dakota's governor won final approval in the Legislature on Wednesday, laying the foundation for replacing the 55-year-old governor's residence with a multimillion-dollar home and hosting space that some lawmakers say will better reflect the oil-rich state's recent growth and success. House members voted 69-22 Thursday to spend $5 million to replace the residence, echoing similar action taken a day earlier in the Senate.
BISMARCK – State senators sent a strong message to the House on Thursday that lawmakers shouldn’t be meddling in the recently awarded contract that will make Sanford Health Plan the...
BISMARCK — House lawmakers surprised longtime state Rep.
BISMARCK — A bill authorizing funding to replace North Dakota's 55-year-old governor's residence passed the Senate on Wednesday and now awaits final approval from the House. Senators voted 28-19 to approve Senate Bill 2304 with amendments made by a House-Senate conference committee. The Senate had removed the $5 million appropriation from the original bill and converted it to a study, but the House passed it with the current funding structure. The bill would spend $4 million in state funds, if $1 million in private donations can be raised, to demolish the current ranch-style home
BISMARCK — A committee of House and Senate lawmakers is close to reaching consensus on partially restoring a proposed state-run rail safety program that was cut from the North Dakota Public Service Commission's budget earlier this month. The House Appropriations Committee stripped Senate Bill 2008 of about $970,000 that would have paid for two rail safety inspectors and a rail safety manager to supplement the federal rail inspection program, which PSC chairwoman Julie Fedorchak says is spread too thin. After several meetings, a conference committee made up of three lawmakers from
BISMARCK — Senators scratched language from a bill Monday that could have forced the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System to rebid an expensive contract making Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the group's roughly 66,000 covered lives on July 1. The Senate unanimously approved amendments to House Bill 1475 but didn't vote on the amended bill. Sen.
BISMARCK — Republicans introduce a late-session bill Friday that would hedge against low crude prices by eliminating price-based tax breaks and setting a lower flat tax on oil extraction, drawing...
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House and Senate are in disharmony over whether the state should spend additional money to operate the boyhood home of famous bandleader and native son Lawrence Welk as a historical site. House lawmakers on Wednesday stripped the State Historical Society's budget of $135,000 in operating funds that were added by the Senate. Gov.