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North Dakota Democrats Object To Amendments Strengthening Voter ID Laws

North Dakota Democrats Object To Amendments Strengthening Voter ID Laws

HB1332, introduced by Rep. Randy Boehning, originally would have changed North Dakota’s voter residency requirement from needing to have lived in the state/district for 30 days before the election to 30 days before absentee ballots are sent out. In committee, Rep. Boehning introduced amendments changing the bill significantly to require a state or tribal-issued ID

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

Bill Would Compensate Businesses For Costs Of Smoking Ban Out Of Tobacco Prevention Budget

When voters created North Dakota’s tobacco prevention fund back in 2008 they may not have realized that the fund, and the board managing it, could use their revenues for lobbying and political activism, up to and including pushing initiated measures. Now we’re living with the consequences of that decision. With the full force of the

Dorso Column: The North Dakota House Trends More Conservative Than The Senate

I spent some time this week analyzing the makeup of the standing committees for the coming legislative session. As bills are taken up by each committee we will have a better idea of the characteristics and tendencies of the individual members and their committees as a whole. That being said, I’ll attempt to give the

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