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ND Legislature Hall Of Shame Week 7: Rep. Mike Nathe

ND Legislature Hall Of Shame Week 7: Rep. Mike Nathe

I’m a little late getting to this week’s Hall of Shame inductee thanks to a rough trip back from Phoenix where I was attending a conference over the weekend. The weather was really, really bad in Denver but thankfully my flight was one of the few to get out, though not without some delays and

Despite Claims That It's Anti-Law Enforcement, Drone Bill Passes ND Legislature

Rep. Rick Becker’s bill, HB1373, which would require law enforcement obtain a warrant before conducting surveillance on private citizens got a lengthy and often heated debate on the floor of the House today. At one point, Rep. Mike Nathe said that the bill is “anti-law enforcement” and “appeals to the black helicopter crowd.” “I trust

Kopp Column: America's Checks Do Not Balance

Yes, Washington needs more tax revenue to do the job it is doing, and that’s the problem. It’s doing too much. The Federal Government is operating beyond its “job description” or its “scope of work.” There are some who believe President Obama does too much and often operates outside the law. For example, he enacted

In Most Of North Dakota Federal Agents Can Search Your Phone Without A Warrant

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security is asserting the right of immigration and border patrol officials to execute “suspicionless and warrantless” searches of electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) within their jurisdiction, which extends 100 miles into the United States from our international borders and coast lines. A glance at this

One In Five Americans Think The President Ordering Drone Assassinations Is OK

This headline from Rasmussen Reports is the sort of thing that can make a person lose faith in democracy: According to the poll, Americans are mostly split on whether or not they support drone assassinations for US citizens who are suspected of terrorism: Just 36% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the American government’s use of

Law Enforcement, Higher Ed Oppose Drone Bill

Rep. Rick Becker is sponsoring HB1373, which would regulate the use of surveillance drones in North Dakota by requiring that law enforcement get a warrant before using them as part of a criminal investigation. The bill got a hearing before the Judiciary Committee today where law enforcement and higher education officials showed up to oppose

In The Legislature Today: Property Tax Reforms And Drone Regulation

I posted earlier today about the reduction in the state sales tax proposed by Rep. Rick Becker which will be heard before the House Finance and Tax Committee. Here are some other bills also being heard today: HB1199, introduced by Rep. Jeff Delzer, would require that cities, counties and school districts pass their budget and

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

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