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BISMARCK — Crude oil will soon have another route under Lake Sakakawea after the North Dakota Public Service Commission voted unanimously Monday to grant a permit for a nearly $105...
BISMARCK -- Budget writers in both the U.S. House and Senate voted this week to block funding for new water regulations that members of North Dakota's congressional delegation warn will have devastating impacts on property owners and the economy. Republican Sen.
BISMARCK -- State utility regulators sent a strong message to Xcel Energy on Wednesday that they are unwilling to let the Minneapolis-based company charge its North Dakota customers for solar energy projects designed to meet a Minnesota mandate. The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to deny Xcel's application for an advanced determination of prudence (ADP), finding that the proposed solar power isn't cost-effective and would raise costs to North Dakota customers without corresponding benefits. It's the first time the commission has denied an ADP, which gives companies
BISMARCK -- Republicans in North Dakota's GOP-controlled House and Senate are at odds over the appointment of minority Democrats to leadership positions on interim committees, a practice House Majority Leader Al Carlson abandoned four years ago. Legislative Management, the panel of 17 lawmakers that carries out certain functions of the Legislature between its biennial sessions, voted 11-6 late Tuesday to fill 20 of the 24 interim committee chairmanships with Republicans and the other four with Democrats. All six votes no came from House Republicans.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Farmers Union officials submitted more than 21,000 signatures Tuesday in their effort to ask voters to reject a bill signed in March that would relax the...
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Farmers Union gathered more than 21,000 signatures in its effort to ask voters to reject a bill signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple in March that...
BISMARCK – A compromise on a budget bill that the Legislature left hanging when it adjourned April 29 is on its way to the House and Senate for consideration. Lawmakers...
BISMARCK -- A more diversified investment strategy is paying off for North Dakota's $3.2 billion trust fund for oil and gas tax revenue, bringing a higher rate of return for the state but also higher fees paid to investment managers, officials said Monday. After management fees were paid, the Legacy Fund earned 5.72 percent for the year ending March 31, up from 3.93 percent the previous year, state Retirement and Investment Office Executive Director David Hunter said in an update to the fund's advisory board. That's still below the long-term goal of 6.4 percent that was set when the b
BISMARCK—A special committee struck a tentative deal Monday on an unresolved budget bill, agreeing to add two lawmakers to the seven-member board that oversees the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. After about three hours of negotiation, the six-member committee of House and Senate lawmakers reached unanimous agreement on Senate Bill 2022, the appropriations bill for NDPERS and the state Retirement and Investment Office. Their recommendation now goes to Legislative Management, a panel of 17 lawmakers that will meet via conference call Wednesday to decide whether to rec
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Robert Harms announced to party officials Friday morning that he won't seek re-election to a second term during this weekend's GOP summit in Bismarck. "I had made an announcement that I was going to (run), and then we looked at it and talked about it here at home and thought, you know, maybe it's time to turn the reins over," Harms said in a phone interview. His decision leaves state Sen.