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Charging Legislative Candidate Duane Sand With a Crime for Making a False Statement in a Political Ad Is a Travesty

Charging Legislative Candidate Duane Sand With a Crime for Making a False Statement in a Political Ad Is a Travesty

Earlier this year Duane Sand, who ran for both the U.S. House and Senate on behalf of the NDGOP in previous cycles and once gave me one of the most colorful comments I’ve ever received in my political writing career, challenged two incumbent Republican lawmakers in the District 47 (Bismarck) House race. I’m a believer

Bill Would Stop Workers Comp Payments for Medical Marijuana

On the 2016 ballot North Dakota voters approved a very complicated measure legalizing medical marijuana. Which is ok, as far as it goes. I’d rather have full-on legalization than this bureaucratic and expensive monstrosity, but that’s what we get when we stupidly legislate at the ballot box. So it goes. Before the 2017 legislative session,

House Says No To Forming Sunset Committee To Review Inactive Boards And Committees

There’s probably nothing more government than forming a committee to study committees, but HB1361 sponsored by Rep. Ben Hanson (D-Fargo) was actually a pretty good idea. The gist of the legislation was to review the hundreds of boards and committees set up by the state and see which ones are active and still, you know, doing stuff.

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Rod St. Aubyn: There Is A Real Need For Legislative Studies

As the legislature begins to finalize bills with appropriations or fiscal impacts in each house, a lot of the policy committees are beginning to have hearings on study resolutions. While some may scoff at these study resolutions, many are very sincere efforts to take a longer and more deliberative review of complicated issues. I bring

Bill Would Create State-Run Retirement Program For North Dakotans

Rep. George Keiser, a Republican from Bismarck, wants the State of North Dakota to run a retirement plan for its citizens. It would be called the Save for Retirement Today Plan, if HB1200 passes. Here are the particulars: The program would be run through the State Treasurer’s office, with the Treasurer given the authority to

North Dakota District Conventions: Bismarck Area Guide

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 7, 30, 32, 35, and 47 Click on a

ND Bill Would Give Judges The Option Of Suspending Hunting, Fishing Licenses For The Guilty

This bill flew under my radar until a reader emailed me about it this morning. HB1169 would add to the sentencing alternatives available to judges in North Dakota Century Code 12.1-32-02 to allow the suspension of hunting and fishing privileges. Here’s the pertinent text from the bill: Every person convicted of an offense who is

SAB's Top Five From The Last Week, Open Thread

Here are the top five posts by page views from the week that was: What The Fargo Forum Thinks Of Western North Dakotans – An editorial cartoon published by the Fargo Forum, which in general has a down-the-nose editorial stance when it comes to the western part of the state, seemed to depict western North

Republican State Legislator Applauds Obamacare In Washington DC

Here in North Dakota, the mantra from proponents of implementing Obamacare like Rep. George Keiser are fond of saying that they don’t like the law but that it’s the “law of the land” now so it must be implemented. Except, for Rep. George Keiser (who was one of the loudest proponents of implementing the Obamacare

ND House Kills Water Bill And Treasurer's Budget, Passes Bill Allowing Review Of Executive Orders

It was a busy morning in the ND House today. Here’s a few of the key bills that got votes. First, the House killed the budget for State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt’s office (HB1005). The problem? Schmidt asked for a $10,000/year raise, and that didn’t sit well with several legislators most notably Rep. Mike Nathe and