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State Rep. Jake Blum (R-Grand Forks) speaks on the House floor in favor of HB1264, his bill to raise North Dakota's speed limits.

Rep. Jake Blum: State Agencies Lobbying via Fiscal Notes Must End

Rep. Jake Blum: State Agencies Lobbying via Fiscal Notes Must End

This guest post was submitted by state Rep. Jake Blum (R-Grand Forks). Yesterday’s floor debate on House Bill 1264, regarding a speed limit increase on both interstate and multi-lane highways spurred a vigorous exchange from both proponents, and opponents of the bill. However, this debate soon evolved into a larger showcase of all that is

State Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) speaks during floor debate over a bill to raise North Dakota's speed limits.

Video: Lawmakers Rip Department of Transportation for “Ridiculous” $50 Million Fiscal Note on Speed Limit Bill

Yesterday the state House failed to pass HB1264 which would have North Dakota’s speed limit on multi-lane highways to 75 mph for state highways and 80 mph for the interstates. I wrote “failed to pass” instead of “voted down” because the vote was actually a tie. It was 46 to 46, with 2 lawmakers not

The West Fargo Public Library posted this photo of a display of LGBT books on its Facebook page, igniting controversy. Special to The Forum

Republican Lawmakers to Library: Put Those Gay Books Back in the Closet

Apparently because they didn’t have anything better to do, a couple of Republican lawmakers from West Fargo got their skirts up over their heads because of a display at the local public library promoting LGBT-themed books. From the Fargo Forum: The library mounted the display of 24 books on LGBT topics in early August in anticipation

A truck crosses the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, N.D., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Kathleen J. Bryan/Forum News Service

NDDOT Attaches Ridiculous Fiscal Note to Bill to Increase the Speed Limit

Before the Legislature in Bismarck for this session are two bills to increase North Dakota’s speed limits. One is SB2057, introduced by Senator Lonnie Laffen, a Republican from Grand Forks, to raise the speed limit on the state’s interstates to 80mph. The other is HB1184, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, a Republican from West Fargo.

Audio: North Dakota Lawmaker Unloads On Fargo Forum Editorial Board

If his post here on SAB didn’t convince you that Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Fargo) is a little cheesed off at the Fargo Forum today, this audio from his appearance on the Jay Thomas Show show this afternoon on WDAY AM970 will settle the matter for you. “The Forum ought to be embarrassed,” Kasper said. He also

Common Core Opponents Lose Again, This Time On Testing Opt-Out Bill

Earlier this legislative session the opponents of Common Core education standards were dealt a blow when lawmakers defeated a bill withdrawing the state from those standards and setting up a mechanism through which they would be replaced with new standards created by the state. After that loss Common Core opponents hung their hopes on HB1283

Democrats Fight To Keep ND Gun Laws Complicated: "Bullets Don't Discriminate"

A bill introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-Fargo) to allow politicians to carry concealed in public buildings failed on a narrow margin earlier this morning, but another bill he introduced to simplify gun laws and expand carry rights had more success. Democrats weren’t too enthused with it, but it passed on a largely party-line vote

North Dakota Highway Patrol: Only Criminals Should Carry Guns On Public Property

Rep. Ben Koppleman has introduced legislation – HB1157 – which would exempt elected officials from state laws banning concealed carry on public property. As I’ve written previously, I’m not a fan of the bill, only because I have a principled objection to creating extra rights for certain classes of citizens. If the political class can

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North Dakota Lawmakers Really Want More Guns On Public Property

Currently carrying a concealed weapon in public buildings is verboten even for those citizens with concealed carry licenses. But HB1157, sponsored by Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo), would create an exception in the law for elected officials with concealed carry permits. The full law is below. Here’s the pertinent part: This bill joins HB1215, which

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