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Small Town Grocery Stores Don’t Need Government Assistance, They Need Better Business Models

Small Town Grocery Stores Don’t Need Government Assistance, They Need Better Business Models

“An interim committee of the North Dakota Legislature will study how food gets into rural areas and how the system can be improved,” reports my colleague Jenny Schlecht She’s referring to SCR4013 (read it below) introduced by Senator Jim Dotzenrod (R-Wyndmere), and co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Klein (R-Fessenden) who is a retired grocery store owner

The Legislature Should Leave “Cottage Foods” Alone

During the 2017 legislative session lawmakers passed HB1433, introduced by Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson), which supporters called the “food freedom act.” Essentially what it did was create a permissive regulatory framework allowing for direct-to-consumer food sales. The law refers to this as “cottage foods.” Basically the sort of thing you’d see at bake sales, only

ND Senate Gives Common Core Testing Opt Out Bill The "Hog House" Treatment

In the parlance of the North Dakota Legislature, a “hog house” amendment is a change to a bill that completely replaces the original text of the bill. Basically, it’s lawmakers taking an existing bill and turning it into something else entirely. That’s what happened to HB1283 today. It passed the state House as a bill

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 6, 14, 23, and 24 Guide for Central, Northcentral, Northeast, and Southeast ND

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: 6, 14, 23, and 24 Click on a District number above for a map

ND Legislature To Amend Labor Law To Deny Unemployment Benefits To Locked Out Union Workers

In a ridiculous and tortured interpretation of existing law, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that locked out American Crystal Sugar workers were entitled to unemployment benefits. Because the obvious legislative intent of the current law was disregarded by the court, the legislature is going to clarify the law for them. Senator Jerry Klein (R-Fessenden)

Sad: North Dakota Senate Rubber Stamps Dalrymples Board Of Higher Ed Appointments

Yesterday the North Dakota state Senate considered, and approved, three appointments to the State Board of Higher Education by Governor Jack Dalrymple. That three nominees were being considered all at one time is, in and of itself, remarkable. It’s the result multiple members of the SBHE leaving their terms on the board early in the

ND House Votes Down Bill For New Governor's Residence

The politics around compensation for elected officials are always strange. The taxpayers see lavish pay and perks as being unseemly, and perhaps rightfully so in some situations, but at times the public’s opposition to anything increasing the pay or comfort of public officials borders on the absurd. Right now many legislators serving in Bismarck are