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House Approves Amendment Removing Some Special Interests From Outdoor Heritage Fund

House Approves Amendment Removing Some Special Interests From Outdoor Heritage Fund

Today the House took up amendments to SB2242. Rep. Todd Porter, who sponsored HB1278 which has already been passed by the governor, introduced amendments to this bill after it became clear that some of the special interest groups named in his legislation to a board to advise the appropriations made it clear they’d likely pursue

Amendment To Resolution Would Ban Initiated Constitutional Measures That Appropriate Money

Update: Senator David Hogue emails to make it clear that this amendment impacts only constituitonal measures. Statutory measures that appropriate money, or direct appropriations, would be ok. After rampant signature fraud on two ballot measures last year, North Dakota’s legislature has been grappling with reform for the initiated measure process. One proposal is SCR4006 which,

Conservation Groups Get Greedy

The dynamics around legislation to create an Outdoor Heritage Fund have taken a turn to the interesting. Last year an initiated measure to create the fund which would have no cap on revenues, and no oversight from the state’s elected leaders, was kept off the ballot by petition fraud perpetrated by a group of NDSU

The ND Legislature Passed Nearly 72% Of Bills Considered In First Half

There wasn’t much going on in the North Dakota House today, at least not during the floor session anyway. They didn’t have anything to vote on, but House Majority Leader Al Carlson made some interesting comments. He noted that the House considered 467 bills in the first half, and passed 326 of them for a

In The Legislature, A Debate Over Direct Democracy Versus Representative Democracy

Today the House Judiciary Committee played host to a packed room full of people testifying on HCR3011 which would, if passed by the legislature and approved by voters, amend the state constitution to put some limits on the initiated measure process. Here are the changes proposed: * Measures with more than a $20 million fiscal

ND Senate Says Petition Circulators Must Be Citizens For Two Years First

We all remember the scandal last year around two initiated measures that were kept off the statewide ballot by petition fraud committed by a group of NDSU football players. That has inspired a number of proposals for reforming the initiated measure process, including SB2183 which got a vote in the Senate today. Here’s the floor

ND House Waters Down "Ridiculous" State Smoking Ban

In the last election North Dakotans voted for a statewide smoking ban that, going beyond merely banning smoking, contained a number of provisions for workplaces such as posting signs and removing factory-installed ash trays even in personal vehicles used for work. But today the ND House voted for two laws watering down that ban. North

Senate Passes Resolution To Give Legislature Veto Over Some Initiated Measures

In North Dakota citizens are allowed to legislate directly through the initiated measure process per Article III of the state constitution. Statues and constitutional amendments can be put on the ballot by collecting a certain number of signatures, and if voters approve them they become law. The legislature cannot change the law for seven years

Fargo Flood Diversion Proponents Want To Start Taxpayer-Funded Campaign

North Dakota has a big problem with taxpayer-funded political activism. One recent example was the debate last summer over Measure 2 which, if it had passed on the June ballot, would have abolished property taxes in the state. Organizations like the Association of Counties and League of Cities, funded almost exclusively by tax dollars, did

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