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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.
BISMARCK — With lower oil prices taking a $4 billion bite out of North Dakota’s projected revenues, but still more than $10 billion expected to be sitting in the state’s...
BISMARCK -- North Dakotans accustomed to digging their driver's license out of their wallet or purse may someday be reaching for their smartphones instead. Legislation introduced by Rep.
BISMARCK -- House Majority Leader Al Carlson is hoping the second time is the charm. The Fargo Republican didn't like how lawmakers changed the wording of a resolution he introduced last session that would have required any citizen-initiated ballot measure with a fiscal impact of $20 million or more during the next biennium to be decided in a general election. "They screwed it up last time," he said. The amended version, which ultimately became Measure 4 on the November ballot, changed the $20 million figure to the broader term "significant fiscal impact," leaving it up to lawmaker
BISMARCK -- North Dakota college students clashed with campus leaders Thursday over a bill that would require issuing student ID cards with the student's date of birth and address to create another acceptable form of identification for voting. Senate Bill 2330 sailed through the Senate last month on a 46-0 vote, but it ran into a level of opposition that caught bill supporters by surprise during Thursday's hearing before the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. The presidents of North Dakota State University and Dickinson State University both foug
BISMARCK — The board responsible for licensing teachers and education administrators in North Dakota voted Thursday to delay taking action on state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler or her...