Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Two bills being heard at the Legislature this week aim to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors, but the burning issue is whether the nicotine-delivery devices...
BISMARCK — The lead sponsor of a bill that would outlaw so-called "revenge porn" in North Dakota said young people in love who make a mistake by sharing racy photos with their partner shouldn't have to endure "humiliation of the most serious kind" after they break up. Sen.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate unanimously confirmed Nicholas Hacker of Bismarck and Greg Stemen of Fort Ransom to four-year terms on the State Board of Higher Education on Tuesday. Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed the two men to the board in January. Hacker is president of North Dakota Guaranty and Title Co. and a former state senator.
BISMARCK — House lawmakers followed their Senate counterparts Monday in voting to relax North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law, a landmark decision that could soon clear the way for non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations for the first time in 83 years. North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne immediately condemned the vote, issuing a statement accusing legislators of "ignoring the majority of North Dakotans who want farmland ownership and agricultural production to be in the hands of families making a living off the land." Rep.
BISMARCK — Debate over a bill that would allow the state Board of Higher Education to discuss the hiring and firing of the North Dakota University System chancellor behind closed doors shifted to the House on Monday, where it received a cool reception in committee. Senate Bill 2134 would allow the board to meet in executive session when appointing or removing the chancellor and setting his or her salary and duties, unless the candidate requests that the meeting be open and the board consents. The Senate approved the amended bill 30-15 last month.
BISMARCK — For the third time in five years, North Dakota lawmakers have scrapped a proposal to create a state ethics commission. House lawmakers voted 25-68 Monday to defeat a resolution that would have let voters decide whether to form a commission to oversee the conduct of legislators, statewide officials and candidates. Assistant Minority Leader Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, the prime sponsor of House Concurrent Resolution 3060, said the lack of an ethics commission creates a perception problem for North Dakota, and he questioned why lawmakers would want to wait until something eg
BISMARCK — House lawmakers voted nearly 2-to-1 on Monday not to study the legalization of medical marijuana in North Dakota, despite warnings from study supporters that voters may take matters into their own hands if lawmakers fail to address the issue. "If we don't study this, we're going to get what we get at the ballot box. So let's do it our way. Let's control it," said Rep.
BISMARCK – A bill exempting dairy and swine operations from North Dakota’s 83-year-old ban on corporate-owned farms passed the House of Representatives on Monday after earlier clearing the Senate. The...
BISMARCK — A bill requiring North Dakota doctors to notify patients when a mammogram detects dense breast tissue continued its rocky path through the Legislature on Friday with senators approving the bill despite a committee's recommendation against it. House Bill 1370 passed the Senate on a 33-13 vote, after clearing the House 85-8 last month. Sponsors have pushed the bill as a potential lifesaving measure, as dense breast tissue can mask tumors and is present i
BISMARCK — Legislation aimed at ensuring that thousands of North Dakota public employees can keep the same health benefits and medical providers when their insurer changes July 1 will be introduced Wednesday, House Majority Leader Al Carlson said. Lawmakers, who also are affected by the switch, began working on the bill after the board of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System voted Feb.