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Legislative Committee Says Yes To Funding Planned Parenthood

Legislative Committee Says Yes To Funding Planned Parenthood

The one pro-life bill yet to reach Governor Jack Dalrymple’s desk is SB2368, which is related to fetal pain. That bill was amended by Rep. Bette Grande to prohibit any state agency from partnering with a group that promotes abortions. The amendment was aimed at North Dakota State University which, thumbing its nose at the

ND Governor Jack Dalrymple Signs Three Pro-Life Bills

I honestly thought we were going to get at least one veto. Here’s the press release from the Governor’s office: BISMARCK, ND – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today signed HB 1305, HB 1456 and SB 2305 and provided the following statements to the Legislature: North Dakota House and Senate presiding officers: I have signed HB 1305

ND Legislator Wants To Create A Nearly Half-Billion College Tuition Entitlement

In the 2007 legislative session, state Senator Tony Grindberg proposed a bill that would have had state taxpayers paying directly for the tuition of college students coming out of the state’s public school system. The students who have had to meet certain basic requirements, but it would have meant that most college-bound students would have

It's Time To Remove The Remnants Of Religious Bigotry From North Dakota's Constituiton

So-called “Blaine amendments” are changes made to state constitutions around the turn of the 19th – 20th century which prohibited public dollars being used for “sectarian” or religious schools. The amendments were born of the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry of the era – this wasn’t so long after the era of the Know Nothing party –

ND Legislature Looks To Increase Rewards For State Employees Finding Efficiencies

Back in November of last year I wrote about an incentive program for North Dakota State Employees. The State Emplmoyee Suggestion Incentive Program had, at the time, been around for about 19 years and according to an open records request had paid out $36,189.70 to employees for suggestions which had resulted in $539,848.88. Below is

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

Shocker: North Dakota Chamber Of Commerce Against Tax Relief

Yesterday Rep. Scott Louser’s (R-Minot) idea to suspend the state’s personal income tax for two years got a committee hearing at the legislature. And who was their to testify against it? Our friends from the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce who, despite being an allegedly business-friendly lobbying group, can’t ever seem to find any actual

ND's Top Oil Regulator Warns Of Production Slow Downs, Wants Fund To Fight Federal Regulations

Lynn Helms, North Dakota’s Mineral Resources Director, says it’s “not all roses and sunshine” in the oil patch. He’s warning of a possible slow down in production (and thus the revenues the oil boom is pumping into state coffers) due to changing market conditions and/or new federal regulations. And to that last point, Helms wants

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