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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
State lawmakers weight options with reduced state revenue forecast.
BISMARCK -- One day after defeating the bill by a single vote, the North Dakota Senate on Friday reconsidered and passed legislation allowing restaurants to start selling alcohol at 11 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays. Senators voted 27-18 to pass House Bill 1434, after amending the bill to clarify that the earlier start time applies only to on-sale alcoholic beverages and not off-sale. Sen.
BISMARCK -- A criminal charge accusing state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler of striking her former fiancé with an object was dismissed Friday for lack of evidence, Bismarck City Prosecutor Paul Fraase said. Authorities arrested Baesler on Feb. 15 at her Mandan home on suspicion of simple assault, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. Bismarck police said her then-fiancé, Todd Tschosik, a teacher at Simle Middle School in Bismarck, reported that Baesler had assaulted him at his home early that morning.
BISMARCK -- For the second consecutive session, the North Dakota Senate has shot down a House-approved bill that would have allowed concealed weapons in schools. Senators voted 17-28 on Friday to defeat House Bill 1195, which would have enabled someone with a valid North Dakota concealed weapons license to pack heat on school property with permission from the school and training from local law enforcement. The House had passed the bill 53-38 last month.
BISMARCK – For the second consecutive session, the North Dakota Senate has shot down a bill passed by the House that would have allowed concealed weapons in schools. Senators voted...
BISMARCK -- A Senate committee is recommending lawmakers reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons in North Dakota schools with the school's permission. The Senate Education Committee gave House Bill 1195 a do-not-pass recommendation on a 4-2 vote Wednesday. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. It would allow someone with a valid North Dakota concealed weapons license to carry a concealed firearm on school property with permission from the public or private school.
BISMARCK -- A bill that would relax an 83-year-old law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in North Dakota is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple's desk. The Senate voted 29-16 Thursday to give final passage to Senate Bill 2351 after accepting changes made in the House, where representatives passed the bill 56-37 on Monday. Senators first approved the bill 27-18 on Feb.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil tax revenues took another nearly $1 billion hit in an updated revenue forecast released Wednesday, but the picture for general fund revenues was nearly $131...