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BISMARCK – The House Appropriations Committee kicked out an amended version of the fast-tracked “surge” funding bill Thursday morning, setting the total cost at $1.1 billion while giving the Department...
BISMARCK — House lawmakers scrapped a bill Wednesday aimed at making North Dakota the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, saying it was premature and carried too many risks that outweighed the potential benefits. House Bill 1430 failed 26-67, with one member absent. The bipartisan bill would have allowed patients and caregivers to possess a certain amount of cannabis or products such as cannabis oils, beverages, vapors and pills, for medical use. Rep.
BISMARCK — State senators narrowly passed a bill Tuesday that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in North Dakota, after rejecting similar legislation last session. The chamber approved Senate Bill 2279 on a 25-22 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. A similar bill failed 21-26 in the Senate two years ago.
BISMARCK – State senators narrowly approved a bill Tuesday on a 25-22 vote that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in North Dakota. Senate Bill 2279 now...
BISMARCK — A man who reported being assaulted Sunday by North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said Monday that others witnessed what happened and it's "disappointing that there has been an attempt to discredit me personally." Todd Tschosik also denied assaulting Baesler, his fiancée, last summer in Orange County, Fla., where a misdemeanor battery charge against him was eventually dropped. Tschosik was arrested July 12 in Orlando.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate voted down a bill Monday that would have exempted clothing from sales tax, after the bill's sponsor said brick-and-mortar retailers are being "besieged" by Internet sales and losing out to neighboring states that don't tax clothing. Senators voted 20-27 to defeat Senate Bill 2223, which would have eliminated the sales tax on clothing, with exceptions for accessories, protective or sporting equipment, and other items. The bill's fiscal note estimated it would reduce state revenues by $40.6 million during the 2015-17 biennium. Sen.
BISMARCK — A bill that would partially lift North Dakota’s ban on non-family corporate farming drew strong support Friday from dairy and pork producers who said it could help boost...
BISMARCK — Proposals to strengthen oversight of oil and saltwater gathering pipelines in North Dakota stayed afloat in both chambers of the Legislature this week. As amended Thursday, Senate Bill 2374 states that operators of gathering pipelines installed after April 1, 2016, must file engineering design drawings and a certificate of an independent inspection, with the state Industrial Commission setting the standards. That's followed by the line with the biggest impact on industry: "The commission shall designate flow meters, overpressure protection devices, or alternative leak de
BISMARCK — After lengthy and passionate debate, House lawmakers on Wednesday narrowly defeated a bill that would have forced North Dakota to withdraw from the consortium that develops assessments for the Common Core education standards. Before the vote, House Bill 1461 was divided into two parts at the request of Rep.
BISMARCK — A Fargo Democrat proposing a sales tax exemption on clothing accused a Republican committee chairman Wednesday of pushing an amendment to make the bill less likely to pass the full chamber. Sen.