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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.
By Mike Nowatzki Forum News Service BISMARCK — North Dakota’s 55-year-old governor’s residence moved one step closer to the wrecking ball Monday as House lawmakers restored funds to demolish and...
BISMARCK — Officials from two of nation's biggest oil and gas companies are urging North Dakota House lawmakers to approve legislation setting up a foundation to handle private donations for education-related purposes, after it received an unfavorable vote in committee. Among those pushing for passage of the bill is Steve McNally, general manager of North Dakota operations for Hess Corp., which donated $25 million to the state in 2011 to start a college and career readiness program called Succeed 2020. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the Department of Public Instruction h
BISMARCK — Laura Kulsrud knows the bill that passed the North Dakota Legislature on Friday won’t give her instant access to the experimental drug she hopes will treat the terminal...
North Dakota Legislative Notebook BISMARCK—March Madness may be over, but for the North Dakota Legislature, April action hits peak stage in the next two weeks, starting with three-a-day floor sessions in the House and Senate on Monday. All of the major two-year budget bills await action, with a few still lingering in appropriations committees. Of the 853 bills introduced this session, 213 were still waiting for action as of Friday morning, down 86 from a week earlier.
BISMARCK – U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp told lawmakers in her home state Friday that efforts to recruit workers could be undone if North Dakota fails to adopt welcoming policies, a...
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to expanding the areas where someone with a concealed weapons license can legally carry a gun, despite objections from Democrats who said it strips local control and opens the door to terrorists and mentally disturbed people bringing guns into concerts and public parks. "If somebody wants to carry a concealed weapon to feel like John Wayne, that's fine. If somebody wants to carry a concealed weapon because they see a bogeyman behind every tree, that's fine," said Rep. Bill Amerman, D-Forman, a Vietnam veteran.