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BISMARCK -- House Majority Leader Al Carlson is hoping the second time is the charm. The Fargo Republican didn't like how lawmakers changed the wording of a resolution he introduced last session that would have required any citizen-initiated ballot measure with a fiscal impact of $20 million or more during the next biennium to be decided in a general election. "They screwed it up last time," he said. The amended version, which ultimately became Measure 4 on the November ballot, changed the $20 million figure to the broader term "significant fiscal impact," leaving it up to lawmaker
BISMARCK -- North Dakota college students clashed with campus leaders Thursday over a bill that would require issuing student ID cards with the student's date of birth and address to create another acceptable form of identification for voting. Senate Bill 2330 sailed through the Senate last month on a 46-0 vote, but it ran into a level of opposition that caught bill supporters by surprise during Thursday's hearing before the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. The presidents of North Dakota State University and Dickinson State University both foug
BISMARCK — The board responsible for licensing teachers and education administrators in North Dakota voted Thursday to delay taking action on state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler or her...
BISMARCK – The board responsible for licensing teachers and education administrators in North Dakota voted Thursday to delay taking action on state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler or her...
BISMARCK — The sponsor of a bill that originally would have established a $5,000 nest egg for each North Dakota newborn defended the idea before a House committee on Wednesday as a way to start all of the state's residents out on equal footing. "The bill combines common sense with vision and helps everyone get a fair start in life," said Sen.
BISMARCK — Lawmakers will dive right back into the thick of things when they reconvene Wednesday after a three-day recess, and that’s especially true for the House and Senate agriculture...
BISMARCK — Lawmakers will dive right back into the thick of things when they reconvene Wednesday after a three-day recess, and that's especially true for the House and Senate agriculture committees, which will take up two of the session's most contentious ag-related bills. The House Agriculture Committee will host a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday on Senate Bill 2351, which would exempt dairy and swine operations from North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave their initial stamp of approval to nearly 600 bills before breaking for a three-day recess on Thursday, and a new state revenue forecast in mid-March will set the stage for the second half of the session. House and Senate lawmakers advanced a combined 599 bills — 70 percent of the 852 bills introduced — during the session's first 38 days, while 249 bills failed and four were withdrawn. The vast majority of the bills will now be taken up in the opposite chamber. Gov.
BISMARCK — House lawmakers voted Thursday to send a greater share of oil production tax revenue back to the state's top crude-producing counties, though not to the extent that the governor and some western leaders have proposed. House Bill 1176, widely expected to be the most debated bill of the session, passed by a vote of 70-18, with six members absent or not voting. "I think this is ... a fair offer," said Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. North Dakota currently taxes oil production at 5 percent.
BISMARCK — Frustrations with missteps by the North Dakota University System played out in the House on Wednesday as lawmakers voted to eliminate the system's internal auditor and attorney positions and move those functions to other state agencies. Members voted 60-32 to hire six auditors in the state auditor's office and six attorneys in the attorney general's office to oversee the university system and provide legal services to the state Board of Higher Education and its 11 institutions, at a total cost of about $2.8 million in 2015-17. "These two pieces are absolutely critical to