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The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week: > Buffalo chip to the North Dakota Senate for approving a bill that would make applications for state and local government jobs confidential until the entity designated three or...

 

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week:

› Buffalo chip to the North Dakota Senate for approving a bill that would make applications for state and local government jobs confidential until the entity designated three or more finalists. If Senate Bill 2152 is approved by the House and signed into law, it would be the first time a North Dakota law has closed applications for public jobs, according to Jack McDonald, a lawyer and lobbyist for the North Dakota Newspaper Association. The records became open in 1957 when lawmakers passed the state’s open records law, which holds that all public records are open unless otherwise stated in law, McDonald said. SB 2152 passed 29-17 in the Senate and now awaits action in the House, where it has been referred to a committee for consideration.

› Bravo to Rachel Schiele winning the first state championship by a Jamestown High School gymnast since 1972. Schiele, an eighthgrader, won the balance beam at the state gymnastics meet Feb. 25 in Dickinson, N.D.

› Bravo to the North Dakota Senate for removing language in Senate Bill 2314, which would have created a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development in North Dakota. Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, who introduced the amendment, asked for the provision to be separated from a section requesting a legislative study of the “long-term energy plan for the state.” He asked senators to defeat the division of the bill that included the moratorium language, which was done by a voice vote. The Senate passed the study by a 42-14 margin.

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› Bravo to the 80th year of the North Dakota Winter Show, which opens today and runs through March

11. The first Winter Show occurred during the Great Depression, and it has become an 80-year tradition for farmers and other area residents to attend.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.

   

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