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Majority Leaders Wardner and Carlson: Living Within Our Means and Balancing the Budget
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:21 +0000
North Dakota Senate majority leader Sen. Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson), center, along with Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan), left, and House majority leader Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo) and Rep. Craig Headland (R-Montpelier), back right TOM STROMME / Bismarck Tribune
This guest post was authored by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) and House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) We have reached the halfway point of the 65th legislative session, bills that have passed the House move on to the Senate and vice-versa. Most bills are still works-in-progress, and plenty of time still remains to...
North Dakota’s Assistance Program for #NoDAPL Protesters Closed Down After Hotel Room Was Trashed
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:21:08 +0000
Dakota Access Pipeline opponents sing prayer songs Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as they vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., ahead of the evacuation deadline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
Earlier this week the State of North Dakota was operating an assistance program for #NoDAPL protesters willing to leave the area peacefully. Those participating received a bus ticket, a hotel room voucher, and supplies. But the program didn’t last long. Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, has confirmed to me...
State Law Does Not Prohibit Doug Burgum From Threatening a Veto
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:11:00 +0000
Governor Doug Burgum opened North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly on Tuesday afternoon in front of a joint session of the legislature where he delivered the State of the State address. Gov. Burgum touched on a number of topics in the address but a continuing theme was lifelong education. "Learning begins with humility. Everyone has something to teach us," he said. TOM STROMME.Tribune
One of the many peculiarities of the North Dakota legislative process is legal prohibition on the governor threatening to veto legislation. It’s widely understood in political circles that the state constitution does not allow the governor to say whether he would veto a bill. Reporter Tu-Uyen Tran, writing about controversy over legislation regarding economic incentive...
Sean Foss: Doug Burgum Should Exercise His Constitutional Right to Threaten a Veto
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:20:03 +0000
New North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office Thursday morning at the state Captiol in Bismarck. There are 17 cabinet positions with Burgum replacing a few of the postions with new members or with people filling in for the interim during the transition from former Gov. Jack Dalrymple's administration.
On February 22, 2017, The Forum published an article on the Legislature’s potential elimination of income-tax breaks for new businesses and residents in Renaissance Zones in cities across the state. As noted in the story, one of the biggest beneficiaries of such tax breaks has been Kilbourne Group, which is owned and was previously operated...
Photos: #NoDAPL Protesters Set an Estimated 20 Fires, Injuring Two Children, as Officials Work to Evacuate Them
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:15:47 +0000
#NoDAPL protesters set an estimated 20 fires while State of North Dakota officials worked to evict them. Two were injured. Photo via NDResponse.gov
I just got off the phone with a law enforcement source who tells me there won’t be any move to enter the main #NoDAPL protest camp tonight. Earlier today about 100 or so protesters exited the camps, mostly peacefully, doing a ceremonial march before boarding buses to Bismarck. I’m told there are around 100 “hard...
Video: Senate Votes to Kill BreatheND
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:47:50 +0000
Senator Erin Oban speaks against legislation dissolving BreatheND, the State of North Dakota's anti-tobacco agency.
The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control is a state agency you know better, from their obnoxiously preachy and almost ubiquitous advertising, as BreatheND. The agency was created back in 2008 by a ballot measure, and it was funded by a portion of our state’s settlement dollars from the class action lawsuits against...
Video: With Strong Bipartisan Support, Senate Passes Changes to Medical Marijuana Measure
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:34:43 +0000
Senator Judy Lee (R-Fargo) speaks in favor of a bill to change an initiated measure approved by voters to legalize access to medical marijuana.
One of the most contentious topics in the North Dakota legislature so far has been the issue of medical marijuana. Much of that contention focused on what is and is not the will of the people. Opponents to SB2344, legislation backed by the bi-partisan leadership of the House and Senate chambers, say that the Legislature...