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Should Out Of State Drivers Be Hit With Bigger Speeding Fines?

Should Out Of State Drivers Be Hit With Bigger Speeding Fines?

Rep. Bob Skarphol has introduced HB1189 which, if passed, would target out-of-state drivers with bigger speeding fines and distribute the revenues from those larger fines back to the cops writing the tickets. Not withstanding any other provision of law, if an operator of a vehicle is stopped for a violation of section 39-09-02 or equivalent

North Dakota Democrats Introduce Raft Of Ethics Reforms Both Good And Bad

Last year the Fargo Forum took a bribe from the George Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity to help produce a study claiming North Dakota was one of the states in the nation most at-risk for corruption. How much did the Forum take? They’re not telling, but this ridiculous study also managed to conclude that the

With Filibuster Vote Heitkamp Proves To Be A Loyal, Bought-Off Partisan

So much for Heidi Heitkamp’s self-described “independence.” The candidate campaigned on being anything but a loyal liberal partisan, but in her first big test Heitkamp did exactly what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told her to. The Grand Forks Herald is full of praise for Heitkamp today for not voting to gut the filibuster, and

ND Democrat: "You know this assembly has fallen into disrepute when I have to stand up to defend free enterprise."

There was a humorous moment on the floor of the North Dakota House today while debating a bill addressing insurance companies using languages other than English in their policies and marketing information. The bill, HB1196, would allow insurance companies to use other languages but would require that any legal disputes arising be based on the

Movie Rentals, ATM's And Fast Food Make Up 44% Of North Dakota Welfare Expenditures

I’ve written before of my efforts to review how North Dakota TANF (welfare) recipients spend their benefits, and I’ve gotten a little bit of traction of late. I’ve been trying to get my hands on transaction data from the debit cards used by beneficiaries to spend their allotment of funds. After initially telling me that

Fargo Police Chief Calls For Assault Weapons Ban

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes must not have a firm grasp on what’s actually happening at the legislature in Bismarck. In blasting HB1183, introduced by Rep. Roscoe Streyle and aimed at preventing any state support for new federal gun control laws, Ternes claimed that most law enforcement in the state would oppose the bill: FARGO

No Taxpayer Dollars For Private University Foundations

Yesterday the legislature heard from the alumni of several of the state’s universities speaking in favor of legislation providing matching tax dollars for contributions made to the university foundations. “House Bill 1204 would contribute $1 from the state for every $2 generated by the foundations,” reports the Grand Forks Herald. “There would be a cap

Should Business Owners Be Reimbursed For Cost Of Complying With The New Smoking Ban?

Last week I wrote about a bill introduced by Rep. Blair Thoreson which would allow business owners to submit to the state’s tobacco prevention board receipts for the expense of putting up smoking warnings and other costs associated with complying with the newly-passed smoking ban. Today the legislation was heard before the House Human Services

Cramer Votes For Debt Ceiling Increase

The House voted to send the Senate a three-month increase in the national debt ceiling today, which will push the date for the next negotiation on the increase around the time the Senate is required, by law, to produce a budget. North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer voted for the increase, and sent out this statement

Bill Would Make Giving Alcohol To A Minor A Felony For Those Over 21 Years Old

HB1458, introduced by Rep. Chuck Damschen (who introduced legislation to ban tailgating during the last legislative session) has a bill that would make it a Class C Felony for anyone over the age of 21 to provide alcohol to a minor. There are a number of problems with this bill. First, I’m not sure that

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