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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...
BISMARCK-- With Friday's crossover date for bills quickly approaching, North Dakota lawmakers are well-positioned to meet the deadline with a day to spare. As of Friday morning, Day 34 of the maximum 80-day session, the House had 113 bills waiting for action, compared with 127 bills at the same point during the 2013 session. The Senate had 77 bills waiting for action, compared with 85 bills at this stage two years ago, when lawmakers used all 80 days allowed. Legislative leaders said they hope to wrap up Thursday, banking Friday as a legislative day in case it's needed at the end
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.