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BISMARCK — A bill authorizing funding to replace North Dakota's 55-year-old governor's residence passed the Senate on Wednesday and now awaits final approval from the House. Senators voted 28-19 to approve Senate Bill 2304 with amendments made by a House-Senate conference committee. The Senate had removed the $5 million appropriation from the original bill and converted it to a study, but the House passed it with the current funding structure. The bill would spend $4 million in state funds, if $1 million in private donations can be raised, to demolish the current ranch-style home
BISMARCK — A committee of House and Senate lawmakers is close to reaching consensus on partially restoring a proposed state-run rail safety program that was cut from the North Dakota Public Service Commission's budget earlier this month. The House Appropriations Committee stripped Senate Bill 2008 of about $970,000 that would have paid for two rail safety inspectors and a rail safety manager to supplement the federal rail inspection program, which PSC chairwoman Julie Fedorchak says is spread too thin. After several meetings, a conference committee made up of three lawmakers from
BISMARCK — Senators scratched language from a bill Monday that could have forced the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System to rebid an expensive contract making Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the group's roughly 66,000 covered lives on July 1. The Senate unanimously approved amendments to House Bill 1475 but didn't vote on the amended bill. Sen.
BISMARCK — Republicans introduce a late-session bill Friday that would hedge against low crude prices by eliminating price-based tax breaks and setting a lower flat tax on oil extraction, drawing...
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House and Senate are in disharmony over whether the state should spend additional money to operate the boyhood home of famous bandleader and native son Lawrence Welk as a historical site. House lawmakers on Wednesday stripped the State Historical Society's budget of $135,000 in operating funds that were added by the Senate. Gov.
BISMARCK -- Senate lawmakers on Thursday scrapped a proposal to shrink North Dakota's individual and corporate income tax rates by 5 percent, but the chairman of a House committee sitting on a separate proposal predicts a strong push for income tax relief in the House. Some lawmakers entered the session proposing significant cuts or elimination of personal income taxes, and the Senate's action Thursday underscored the change in attitude since oil prices collapsed and lowered the state's revenue forecast for 2015-17. Gov.
BISMARCK – Senate lawmakers on Thursday scrapped a proposal to shrink North Dakota’s individual and corporate income tax rates by 5 percent, but the chairman of a House committee sitting...
BISMARCK — After a 45-minute debate sprinkled with references to TV mom June Cleaver and "cradle-to-grave socialism," House lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to provide state funding for early childhood education, with half of the funding the Senate had approved. House lawmakers voted 51-40 to approve Senate Bill 2151.
BISMARCK — State senators endorsed a North Dakota University System budget on Wednesday that caps tuition at 2.5 percent for the next two years and reverses what one committee leader called "some micromanaging" in the House version of the bill. Senators voted 45-2 to approve House Bill 1003 with an 8.9 percent increase in ongoing expenses, finding a middle ground between the House recommendation and Gov. Jack Dalrymple's proposed 19.4 percent increase, said Sen.
BISMARCK — House Republicans thwarted an attempt by Democrats Tuesday to restore funding for a proposed state-run rail safety program that was cut from the North Dakota Public Service Commission's budget. Rep. Ron Guggisberg, D-Fargo, asked the House to adopt a minority report to restore $970,000 for two rail safety inspectors and a rail safety manager to supplement the Federal Railroad Administration's rail inspection program in the 2015-17 biennium.