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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— 70 percent of the 852 bills introduced — during the session's first 38 days, while 249 bills failed and four were withdrawn.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
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House backed legislation Tuesday that would require a special election to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy, a bill Democrats have panned as an attempt to dissuade U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from running for governor in 2016. Representatives voted 67-25 to pass House Bill 1181 after debate over whether the same special-election process applies to U.S.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s House majority leader said Monday no apology is planned for the decision to stop a Muslim from delivering the chamber’s opening prayer on Ash Wednesday because...
BISMARCK – The “surge” is on the verge of becoming law. Senators voted 46-0 to pass Senate Bill 2103, a $1.1 billion package designed to address critical road and infrastructure...
BISMARCK – House budget writers on Monday significantly scaled back a proposal to boost the share of oil tax revenue going to oil-producing counties, while also removing Bismarck, Fargo, Grand...