Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — A rebound in North Dakota's oil tax collections could restore more than $7 million in oil impact grants that were suspended in February, but Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe said he won't recommend a wholesale restart of the program. "The best news is that we can fulfill the obligations we've already made in grants," he told the Board of University and School Lands on Thursday.
BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a lawsuit brought by the North Dakota Farm Bureau seeking to overturn the state's anti-corporate farming law is so vague that the state can't properly respond to it, but a lawyer for the plaintiffs says the complaint is specific. The lawsuit filed June 2 in U.S. District Court in Bismarck claims the law passed by North Dakota voters in 1932 is unconstitutional and hurts farmers by limiting their ability to attract investment and secure financing and lowering the value of their farms.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats attending the party’s national convention in Philadelphia this week are hoping for some excitement to counter the momentum Donald Trump enjoyed from a wild Republican...
BISMARCK — As he counted down the days to retirement, John Walstad summed up his 35 years of drafting bills for North Dakota lawmakers with the dry wit that endeared him to so many in the Capitol. "I do what I understand they want, as best I can," he said, "and then I hand it to them and say, 'OK, it's your problem now.' "
BISMARCK — An attorney for Native Americans fighting recent changes to North Dakota's voter identification laws said Thursday a federal appeals court ruling this week declaring a similar Texas law to be discriminatory "certainly enhances our case."
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation has saved about $80 million through lower bids for road projects this year, but the state's economic slowdown also has produced lower gas tax revenues that demand a "very serious discussion" about how to match federal funding, the agency's director said Thursday.
BISMARCK – Democratic lawmakers on Thursday will release their plan for balancing the state’s budget during a special session next month, hoping majority Republicans will consider the proposal as they...
BISMARCK — The fuss raised by former North Dakota GOP chairman Gary Emineth on Monday at the Republican National Convention wasn't about unbinding delegates or stopping Donald Trump from becoming the party's presidential nominee, he said — he simply wanted a roll-call vote on the convention rules. But Emineth and other petitioners didn't get it, and while he was still stewing about it Tuesday in Cleveland, he said it was time for delegates to move on and unite behind Trump.
BISMARCK — A second state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to delay construction of a new North Dakota governor's residence, saying his bill has been in the works for weeks and it's "not the right time" for the project with the state facing a major revenue shortfall. Republican Rep. Jim Kasper of Fargo told Forum News Service late Sunday that his bill would revoke the authority and $4 million appropriation provided by lawmakers in April 2015 to build a new governor's residence if $1 million in private funds could be raised.
BISMARCK — After seeing its largest monthly drop ever in April, North Dakota oil production rebounded slightly in May but is still expected to dip below 1 million barrels per day by the end of this year or early next year, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said Friday. Production inched up by half a percentage point in May, to 1.047 million barrels per day, or 5,383 barrels per day higher than in April, according to preliminary figures.