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BISMARCK — A bill that would partially lift North Dakota’s ban on non-family corporate farming drew strong support Friday from dairy and pork producers who said it could help boost...
BISMARCK — Proposals to strengthen oversight of oil and saltwater gathering pipelines in North Dakota stayed afloat in both chambers of the Legislature this week. As amended Thursday, Senate Bill 2374 states that operators of gathering pipelines installed after April 1, 2016, must file engineering design drawings and a certificate of an independent inspection, with the state Industrial Commission setting the standards. That's followed by the line with the biggest impact on industry: "The commission shall designate flow meters, overpressure protection devices, or alternative leak de
BISMARCK — After lengthy and passionate debate, House lawmakers on Wednesday narrowly defeated a bill that would have forced North Dakota to withdraw from the consortium that develops assessments for the Common Core education standards. Before the vote, House Bill 1461 was divided into two parts at the request of Rep.
BISMARCK — A Fargo Democrat proposing a sales tax exemption on clothing accused a Republican committee chairman Wednesday of pushing an amendment to make the bill less likely to pass the full chamber. Sen.
BISMARCK – After a lengthy and passionate debate, House lawmakers on Wednesday narrowly defeated a bill that would have forced North Dakota to pull out of the consortium that develops...
BISMARCK — Legislation aimed at making sure victims of a recent train-school bus crash near Larimore are properly compensated for liability claims was defeated Tuesday in the Senate by a 21-25 vote. As amended, Senate Bill 2316 would have created a state grant program with up to $2 million to settle claims against political subdivisions such as the Larimore Public School District. The current $500,000 liability limit under state law also would have been lifted for claims stemming from occurrences on Jan.
BISMARCK — The lead sponsor of a bill that would require the state of North Dakota to study the upstream impacts of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion submitted an amended version Tuesday designed to shrink the study's cost. Sen. Larry Luick, R-Fairmount, offered an amendment to Senate Bill 2076 to replace the previous wording in its entirety. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard the amendment and referred the bill to a subcommittee. Luick said the study as proposed in his original bill had an estimated cost of $50,000 to $80,000.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats and Republicans traded barbs Tuesday as House budgeters prepared to take up one of the most anticipated bills of the session Wednesday, the $1.1 billion "surge" funding bill to give oil-impacted counties a head start on the upcoming construction season. Democratic chamber leaders held a press conference to highlight reported frustration from officials in oil country to a letter sent last week by House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep.
BISMARCK — House lawmakers defeated a bill Monday that would have imposed a $500 fine on repeat violators of North Dakota's open records and open meetings laws, but a West Fargo lawmaker put public bodies on notice that the proposal could return. House Bill 1435 failed 21-72 after receiving a unanimous do-not-pass recommendation from the House Judiciary Committee. Rep.
BISMARCK — A House committee gave a unanimous thumbs-up Friday to what members said is a "landmark" bill that will strengthen North Dakota's regulation of oil and saltwater gathering pipelines and help to clean up past spills. House Bill 1358 combines parts of four other bills and was crafted with input from the Northwest Landowners Association, the oil industry, state agencies and lawmakers from both sides, officials said. "This will be one of the landmark pieces of legislation coming out of the 2015 Legislature," Rep.