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Interview: ND Legislator Talks About Bill To Require Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

Interview: ND Legislator Talks About Bill To Require Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

HB1385 was introduced in the North Dakota State legislator earlier this week by Rep. Dennis Johnson. It would require drug testing for all recipients of TANF (welfare) and SNAP (food stamps) assistance. A first offense would deny the recipient benefits for a year. A second offense would deny benefits for three years. The welfare recipient

Legislators Friendly To Higher Ed Seek To Gut Power Of The State Auditor

Over the last couple of years the State Auditor Bob Peterson’s office has produced some very inconvenient reports for the university system. When the State Auditor was looking into the Dickinson State University “diploma mill” fiasco they pushed back against efforts by then-university system Chancellor Bill Goetz to limit the scope of the audit. Eventually

2013 NDSU Airplane Lobbying Efforts Tally: $21,653

Despite legislative expectations that NDSU would be selling their airplane, they haven’t yet and instead are using it to fly back and forth to Bismarck to lobby legislators for bigger budgets. NDSU officials routinely complain that their university is underfunded, but that’s a little hard to buy given how much money they spend on private

Legislation Introduced Today Addresses Minimum Wage, Divorce Waiting Periods, Drones And Firearm Confiscations

Lots of interesting new bills introduced in the state legislature today. Here’s a run down of a few that caught my eye: Department of Labor HB1369, introduced by Rep. Kathy Hawken, would re-name North Dakota’s Department of Labor to the Department of Labor and Human Rights. Can you say “mission creep?” Drones HB1373, introduced by

North Dakota Democrats Cut And Run From Gun Control Bills

Earlier today I wrote about two gun control bills submitted to the North Dakota legislature by Democrat Rep. Steve Zaiser yesterday. The bills, HB1415 and HB1416, would have banned “assault weapons” as well as magazines containing more than 10 rounds. Those proposals are very much in keeping with what many Democrats, nationally, have called for

Pastor Wants To Let His Parishoners Concealed Carry In Church

When I first wrote about bills before the legislature that would end a state prohibition on concealed carry in churches many objected to the idea of guns in churches. But I think people are a little confused about what the law would do. It wouldn’t mandate that churches allow concealed carry but rather allow churches

ND Law Enforcement Drops Opposition To Bill Preventing Enforcement Of New Federal Gun Control Laws

This morning the House Judiciary Committee her testimony on HB1183. This was the bill introduced by Rep. Roscoe Streyle which would prevent North Dakota officials from enforcing any new federal gun control laws. Law enforcement officials in the state had expressed some concern about the law – most notably Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney was

Why Are North Dakota Republicans Proposing A Tax On Water?

For years, Republicans have complained and called for reform of the state’s 11.5% Gross Production and Extraction Tax on oil production in the state. In the last few years, large scale efforts to “Fix the Tax” have been launched. The oil tax is what has created North Dakota massive influx of cash, and created the

ND Legislature Bills For Gun Control, Earlier Sunday Alcohol Sales, Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

There were a lot of interesting bills introduced yesterday down at the legislature. Here’s a summary of what’s been introduced: Gun Control HB1415 and 1416, both introduced by Democrat Steve Zaiser, would make make high-capacity magazines/belt feeds, etc. illegal as well as so-called “assault weapons.” From HB1416, which doesn’t apply to the military or law

Democrats Want To Subsidize Labor Battles

After a bill to expand North Dakota’s unemployment benefits to locked out American Crystal Sugar workers failed during the special legislative session held in late 2011, Democrats vowed to introduce it in the regular session. That bill, SB2224, has been introduced. If passed, the law would continue to deny unemployment benefits to striking workers but

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