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BISMARCK — Senate Republicans passed a bill Friday that backers hope will boost North Dakota’s struggling dairy and swine industries by partially lifting the state’s anti-corporate farming law. Senate Bill...
BISMARCK -- House lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected a bill Thursday intended to rein in the North Dakota Industrial Commission when it comes to public policy decisions, with one member warning it could have "dire" consequences for the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The version of House Bill 1179 that failed 90-3 was significantly different from the original bill introduced by Rep.
BISMARCK -- House budget crafters endorsed a modified $1.1 billion "surge" funding bill Thursday that includes the full $450 million requested by the Department of Transportation while cutting the amount of money for cities, counties and townships. The full House is expected to vote Friday on amended Senate Bill 2103, which aims to address critical road and infrastructure needs in primarily oil-impacted western North Dakota but also other areas of the state, and to give them a jumpstart on the 2015 construction season. If it passes, the Senate could approve the fast-tracked bill Monda
BISMARCK -- Republican leaders in the North Dakota House of Representatives said they canceled the opening prayer by a Muslim on Ash Wednesday because some members thought it was more appropriate to have a Christian deliver the invocation. Dr.
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.