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Senate Overrules Part of Smoking Ban

Senate Overrules Part of Smoking Ban

In what is yet another example of unintended consequences regarding the recent statewide smoking ban passed during the November general election, the North Dakota Senate was forced to take action today to overrule part of this law which was brought via initiated measure. SB 2117, sponsored by the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee at

Benghazi: Panetta, Dempsey Throw Obama, Clinton Under the Bus

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey provided stunning testimony at a US Senate hearing on the Benghazi tragedy, which confirmed president Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were derelict in their duties before and during the evening of the September 11, 2012 attack on the

NDGOP Disappoints on Sunday Opening

The North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a bill on Wednesday, sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, that would have empowered local governments to decide if allowing retail businesses to open on Sunday morning was the right thing for their community. The bill was HB 1437, and added the following key language to Century

ND Senate Set to Decide on 4 Key Abortion Bills

The stage was set today for what will most likely be some very interesting debate tomorrow on four Senate Bills regarding abortion in North Dakota. Consideration of amendments were heard for the following bills: SB 2305, which if passed will require any doctor performing an abortion in the state to be licensed in North Dakota,

Chris Rock: 'The President is Our Boss…Our Dad'

Comedian Chris Rock, most known for his extensive and eloquent vocabulary most often centered around unique applications of four letter words, decided we needed a civics lesson from his own personal perspective after meeting with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Constitution group. According to Rock, the President is now the daddy to the nation,

Legislature Considering Study To Wean State Off Federal Education Dollars

Last Thursday, Senate Concurrent Resolution 4012 was introduced by Senators Howard Anderson Jr., Ron Carlisle, Ralph Kilzer, and Margaret Sitte; and Representatives Vernon Laning and David Rust which would, if passed, direct: … Legislative Management to study state alternatives to the statutory and regulatory requirements placed on North Dakota schools and school districts by the

Question of the Week: What Would Your Higher Ed Governance System Look Like?

In last weeks inaugural question of the week, we asked if the Legislature will consider allowing the electorate to decide if it is time for a change to governance for the North Dakota University System (NDUS). As if on que, yet another piece of concerning news broke this past week involving the “re-purposing” of office

Question Of The Week: Will North Dakota Get Higher Ed Reform?

Today we introduce a new feature on SAB… Question of the Week. Weekly we will pose a question on a current event, and allow you readers to take the discussion from there with your posts. We are quite confident you won’t be bashful in offering up your thoughts. During the interim legislative session, there was

We Have to Pass the Bill So You Can Know What's In It

CNS is reporting that members in the Democrat controlled Senate received both the 154 page “Fiscal Cliff compromise” bill and the CBO scoring 3 minutes before they were to vote on the bill. Of course we’ve seen this tactic used ever since Obama became president, haven’t we? The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation

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