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Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Bill Would Require Double Legislative Approval of Constitutional Amendments Initiated by Petitions

Bill Would Require Double Legislative Approval of Constitutional Amendments Initiated by Petitions

There is a lot of concern among some political observers – including this one – that the initiated measure process is in desperate need of reform. Currently a committee of citizens can submit signatures to amend statute, and even the state constitution, without the involvement of the elected Legislature at all. Supposedly this is a

Screenshot from a information PDF being circulated in support of using some Legacy Fund dollars to finance infrastructure projects.

What if North Dakotans Started Financing Infrastructure by Lending Money to Themselves?

In 2009 the North Dakota Legislature passed a constitutional amendment to create a fund out of a portion of taxes on oil and gas development. It was passed by the voters in the 2010 election, and the result is the Legacy Fund which has a balance of going on $5 billion. It’s projected to have

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

Video: Legislature Sends Constitutional Carry Bill to Governor Doug Burgum

The state Senate today easily passed HB1169, a “constitutional carry” bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck). The bill essentially allows for any North Dakota citizen to carry concealed unless they are otherwise restricted from possessing/carrying a firearm by law. There were a couple of tweaks made at the behest of law enforcement. For one,

Senator Lonnie Laffen speaks in favor of his legislation to increase the speed limit on North Dakota's interstate highways.

Senate Votes Down Bill Taking Interstate Speed Limits to 80mph

Earlier this legislative session the state House voted down a bill introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) which would have boosted highway and interstate speed limits by 5 miles per hour across the board. Today the state Senate voted down the other bill increasing speed limits. Senator Lonnie Laffen (R-Grand Forks) introduced SB2057 which

Senator David Houge, a Republican from Minot, speaks against legislation to limit the number of bills any given lawmaker can introduce.

Video: Senate Votes Down Legislation Capping Number of Bills Lawmakers Can Introduce

SB2255, introduced by Senator Tom Campbell of Grafton, isn’t a complicated piece of policy. It’s quite short, in fact. It limits the number of bills any given lawmaker can introduce per session to seven: This idea is popular with some in the public who complain about the amount of time lawmakers waste on this or that

State Senator Janne Myrdahl, a Republican from District 10, speaks out on the floor of the state Senate against SB2043.

Video: North Dakota Senate Votes Down Changes to State Law to Reflect Legality of Gay Marriage

Love it or hate it, same sex marriage is legal now in all fifty states thanks to a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. But today when the North Dakota State Senate attempted to pass SB2043, modifying state law to reflect that lawful marriage in our state is no longer just between a man and

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on Monday, July 11, for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.. Photo by Mike McCleary/Bismarck Tribune

Legislature Has Bill to Study and Propose Changes to North Dakota’s Initiated Measure Process

Before the 2017 legislative session is a bill, SB2135, which would initiate a study of the initiated measure and referendum processes. You can read the full bill below. It’s sponsored by Senator David Hogue, a Republican from Minot. Here’s the mandate it would give to the study commission: Per the bill, the commission would be

Bill Would Change North Dakota’s Laws to Reflect the New Reality of Legal Homosexual Marriage

In 2004 a constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Dakota as one man and one woman passed on the statewide ballot with 73 percent of the vote. That definition of marriage is reflected in a lot of places in the state code which refers to husbands and wives. But in 2017 we are living in

A campaign sign located along 4th Avenue Northwest in Minot, N.D.

Western North Dakota Democrats Using Some Interesting Branding on Campaign Signs

One thing I’ve noticed about this election cycle is that there doesn’t seem to be near as many campaign yard signs as in previous cycles. At least not here in Minot. When I drive around town I see more signs for a couple of local judicial candidates than I do anything else, and really aren’t

North Dakotans Should Beware the Rise of Insta-Warrants

Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an odious DUI law passed by lawmakers in 2013 which criminalized the refusal of a warrantless blood test (warrantless breath tests were allowed to stand, despite a dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but that’s a subject for another post). It’s a good thing to require the