Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service
BISMARCK — After cutting $1 billion from the governor's budget during the first half of the session, North Dakota legislators will enter the second half Wednesday with major spending bills shelved until a highly anticipated revenue forecast comes out in two weeks. A handful of lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday, the last day of their five-day recess. Lawmakers left town last Thursday with a $179 million deficit remaining in the general fund budget for 2015-17, based on roughly $5.98 billion in anticipated revenues and $6.16 billion in appropriations. "That's not a surprise n
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed an unprecedented $1.1 billion early funding bill Tuesday that will give North Dakota counties, cities and the state highway department a head start on...
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House narrowly defeated a bill Tuesday that would have allowed lawmakers and some other public officials to pack heat in the state Capitol and other public buildings, before approving a bill that would allow concealed weapons in public parks. Representatives voted 45-47 to defeat House Bill 1157, with two members were absent. Lead sponsor Rep. Ben Koppelman said was inspired by the Oct.
BISMARCK — The phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses of students at North Dakota's 11 public colleges and universities will remain open records after state senators killed a bill Monday prompted by a Republican-friendly ad agency's actions last election season. Senators voted 20-26 to defeat Senate Bill 2133, which was requested by the State Board of Higher Education after Bismarck-based Odney Advertising, a campaign consultant to the state Republican Party and GOP candidates, obtained the contact information for roughly 48,000 students in the North Dakota University Syste
BISMARCK — North Dakota's House majority leader said Monday no apology is planned for the decision to stop a Muslim from delivering the chamber's opening prayer on Ash Wednesday because some members wanted a Christian pastor to give the invocation. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Friday calling on North Dakota Republican Party leaders to apologize to Dr.
BISMARCK — House budget writers on Monday significantly scaled back a proposal to boost the share of oil tax revenue going to oil-producing counties, while also removing Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, West Fargo and Jamestown from the list of cities that would share in funding based on oil- and gas-related employment. North Dakota currently taxes oil production at 5 percent.
BISMARCK — Easing the property tax burden on North Dakotans through a partial state takeover of county social services costs shouldn't mean sacrificing part of the state's 12 percent property tax buydown as Republicans have proposed, Democrats said Wednesday. "We think that should be in addition to existing property tax relief, rather than supplant it," said Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks. Gov.
BISMARCK — An attorney for North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler entered a not guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday to a simple assault charge that alleges she struck her fiancé with an object Sunday, injuring his face. Attorney Justin Vinje said after the arraignment in Bismarck Municipal Court that now isn't the time to get into specifics about the case. "When that time comes, the facts will plainly show that Kirsten did not do this and she is innocent of this charge," he said. Baesler did not appear with Vinje in court, which is common for a Class B misdeme
BISMARCK — On some nights, Tracy Vearrier thinks about going to Colorado to get cannabis oil, driving the speed limit and dodging police dogs on his way back to Bismarck just to see if the drug will stop the seizures that afflict his 12-year-old daughter Paige. "We do not ask for a medication to make our kids walk, talk, call me Daddy," he told state lawmakers Wednesday as Paige, who was born with her intestines outside of her body and is unable to walk or talk, sat half-asleep in the wheelchair beside him.
BISMARCK — After a fiery floor speech from the bill's lead sponsor, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would allow concealed weapons license holders to pack heat in schools with their permission. Rep. Dwight Kiefert referred to visiting schoolchildren seated among the House members as he spoke passionately in favor of House Bill 1195.