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North Dakota House Mid-Session Legislative Vote Ranking

North Dakota House Mid-Session Legislative Vote Ranking

North Dakota’s legislature meets only once every two years for a constitutionally-constrained 80 day session. That means the legislative process can get hectic and hard to follow. Which, in turn, means it can be hard to keep track of your legislators are doing. To that end, LegitSlater and I put our heads together to come

SAB Legislative Hall Of Shame Week 8: Rep. Dave Monson

The last week of the legislative session before crossover was a busy one. Both chambers of the legislature were in floor session for hours and hours as lots of important and controversial bills got their votes. So picking a Hall of Shame winner this week was tough. There were a lot of legislators who deserved

The ND House Tackles A Batch Of Property Tax Bills

Yesterday the state House addressed a slew of property tax bills (a full summary of the bills and outcomes below), including Governor Jack Dalrymple’s supposed “property tax relief” bill, which I thought was aptly characterized in this Grand Forks Herald headline: The Governor’s property tax relief isn’t really tax relief at all. Not when spending

House Republicans Approve $1.67 Million To Buy Ski Resort

In addition to voting down a school choice bill, and voting for Obamacare’s 45% expansion of the already bloated state Medicaid program, House Republicans also approved a Parks and Recreation budget (HB1019) which included $1.67 million to buy the Frost Fire Ski Resort. You’ve heard of socialized medicine. This, I guess, is socialized recreation. Here’s

North Dakota House Votes To Give Public Workers Defined Contribution Pension Option

Under HB1452, introduced by Rep. Jim Kasper, would give new state hires the option of choosing a defined contribution pension plan instead of the existing (and fiscally in jeopardy) defined benefits pension. SAB readers will remember that earlier this week there was a lengthy debate on the floor of the state Senate, in advance of

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

North Dakota Democrats Object To Amendments Strengthening Voter ID Laws

HB1332, introduced by Rep. Randy Boehning, originally would have changed North Dakota’s voter residency requirement from needing to have lived in the state/district for 30 days before the election to 30 days before absentee ballots are sent out. In committee, Rep. Boehning introduced amendments changing the bill significantly to require a state or tribal-issued ID

Activists Accusing Governor Dalrymple Of Taking Bribes File Second Grand Jury Petition

A group of activists, pushing a case for bribery charges made by a Democrat lawyer out of Grand Forks, have filed another grand jury petition in Dunn County. Under North Dakota law, citizens can empanel a grand jury to investigate criminal charges by filing a certain number of signatures based on the population of the

North Dakota Considering Several Bills Changing Voting Laws

Republicans are pushing a group of bills making big changes to voting qualifications and processes. HB1332, introduced by Rep. Randy Boehning, would change the residency requirement for voting from 30 days before election day to 30 days before absentee ballots are distributed, meaning that you’d have to be in the state for about 70 days

ND Democrat: "You know this assembly has fallen into disrepute when I have to stand up to defend free enterprise."

There was a humorous moment on the floor of the North Dakota House today while debating a bill addressing insurance companies using languages other than English in their policies and marketing information. The bill, HB1196, would allow insurance companies to use other languages but would require that any legal disputes arising be based on the

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