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BISMARCK — North Dakota cities and counties could soon have the ability to impose their own fines for local speed limit violations, thanks to a bill the state House of Representatives passed 58-33 on Wednesday, March 20. Senate Bill 2304, from Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, gives local governments limited authority to create an ordinance and establish a fine for noncriminal moving violations in their jurisdictions.
Three North Dakota military construction projects could lose funding, according to a list from the Department of Defense that mentions potentially diverting the funds to the construction of a southern border wall. A $66 million project to build a helicopter facility at Minot Air Force Base, a $27 million firing range and a $32 million National Guard Readiness Center in Fargo for the National Guard Army Reserve are among roughly 400 projects on the list. If completed, the cuts would free up almost $12.8 billion to build a wall.
U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., one of several members of Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to hear from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, joined his Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Reform Committee in attacking Cohen’s credibility.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven said he’s still hopeful legislators can avoid another government shutdown by reaching an agreement on border wall funding before the president’s Friday, Feb. 15, deadline. “I mean, we had hoped to have this out today,” Hoeven said of the budget-in-progress on Monday.
GRAND FORKS — Officials say an accident that killed a Grand Forks man Saturday, Feb. 9, while he working with a snow-removal crew may have been the result of improper equipment use. Robert J. Coons, 61, was standing in the bucket of a skid loader about 3:05 a.m. when he slipped off and fell under the vehicle, Lt. Derik Zimmel said. Officers tried to revive Coons but he died at the scene. Grand Forks Police released his identity Monday. Coons worked for a private snow removal company, Team Lawn and Landscape, Zimmel said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is one of 17 lawmakers on a conference committee tasked with ensuring the government remains fully funded and open for the rest of the fiscal year. President Donald Trump signed a bill last week to temporarily end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The agreement will last until Feb. 15.
GRAND FORKS -- A bill to raise speed limits on interstates and multilane highways in North Dakota passed the House Transportation Committee 8-4. Rep. Jake Blum, R-Grand Forks, introduced a bill almost two weeks ago to change speed limits on multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph and on interstates from 75 mph to 80 mph. Blum said he and co-sponsor Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, testified before the vote. Koppelman proposed the last House bill to increase speed limits in 2017, which failed due to uncertainties about the cost of implementing higher limits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota’s all-Republican congressional delegation is split on measures to oppose easing sanctions on three Russian companies. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer voted Wednesday, Jan. 16, against a Senate resolution to maintain the sanctions, while Rep. Kelly Armstrong was among 136 Republicans who voted Thursday in favor of a similar Democratic-backed effort in House.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill to increase liability limits for political subdivisions in the event one is found at fault for damage or harm. Bill sponsors say current limits aren’t enough to cover hospital charges and other damages, while state officials dealing with insurance say raising limits could lead to higher premiums for city and county governments.
GRAND FORKS - Former Grand Forks County State's Attorney Peter Welte has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced the nomination Wednesday afternoon. Welte would replace Judge Ralph Erickson, who was appointed to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018. Welte is currently working for the Vogel Law Firm's Grand Forks office in criminal defense and agricultural law. Up until 2015, Welte had served as state's attorney for 13 years.