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BISMARCK — Laura Kulsrud knows the bill that passed the North Dakota Legislature on Friday won’t give her instant access to the experimental drug she hopes will treat the terminal...
North Dakota Legislative Notebook BISMARCK—March Madness may be over, but for the North Dakota Legislature, April action hits peak stage in the next two weeks, starting with three-a-day floor sessions in the House and Senate on Monday. All of the major two-year budget bills await action, with a few still lingering in appropriations committees. Of the 853 bills introduced this session, 213 were still waiting for action as of Friday morning, down 86 from a week earlier.
BISMARCK – U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp told lawmakers in her home state Friday that efforts to recruit workers could be undone if North Dakota fails to adopt welcoming policies, a...
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to expanding the areas where someone with a concealed weapons license can legally carry a gun, despite objections from Democrats who said it strips local control and opens the door to terrorists and mentally disturbed people bringing guns into concerts and public parks. "If somebody wants to carry a concealed weapon to feel like John Wayne, that's fine. If somebody wants to carry a concealed weapon because they see a bogeyman behind every tree, that's fine," said Rep. Bill Amerman, D-Forman, a Vietnam veteran.
BISMARCK – House lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation that expands where a concealed weapons license holder can legally carry a firearm in North Dakota, despite objections from Democrats...
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate stripped language from legislation Tuesday that would have allowed voters to use a bill, bank statement or change-of-address form to prove their residency at the polls. Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Bismarck, said county auditors had concerns with that portion of House Bill 1333. "It isn't difficult to have these items sent to a different address where the voter does not reside," she said. Senators also removed language allowing an expired driver's license as an acceptable form of voter identification. The amended bill passed 38-9.
BISMARCK — Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson said Tuesday an executive order he issued in 1981 requiring that state employees be treated in a fair and uniform manner "probably did include discrimination against all people in all circumstances," including discrimination based on sexual orientation. "I know what I personally felt, and that was we're all God's children, and I had no personal animosity toward gay people and that was probably reflected in my actions as governor," said Olson, a Republican. Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Monday to current Gov.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers have passed a bill requiring a special election to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy, a bill seen by Democrats as an attempt to discourage U.S. Sen.
BISMARCK—Democrats asked Gov.