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Rep. Jon Nelson (R-Rugby) speaks against legislation closing down the anti-tobacco BreatheND agency.

Video: North Dakota House Votes to Shut Down BreatheND

Video: North Dakota House Votes to Shut Down BreatheND

Rep. Jon Nelson (R-Rugby) rose to speak on SB2024 today saying he was going to “eulogize” what he sees as “the most effective state agency” of his legislative tenure. The bill removes funding from the state’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, which you know as BreatheND, and clearly Nelson knew which way the political

State Rep. Sebastian Ertlet, a Republican from Lisbon, speaks in favor of legislation to space out rumble strips.

Video: Lawmakers Vent Frustrations With DOT During Rumble Strips Debate

Taken at face value HB1284 seems like a pretty simple piece of policy. All it does is require that the rumble strips on our state highways be placed at 20 foot intervals. Typically those strips, which are along the fog lines of most highways in the state and along the center lines on undivided highways,

Republican House Candidate Was Convicted Of Animal Neglect Last Year

Albert Krueger of Harvey is one of four Republican candidates seeking a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 14. Currently he is on unsupervised probation related to a conviction last year for animal neglect. According to a report from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department obtained via an open records request, on

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North Dakota High School Assignment: Tell Lawmakers To Raise Taxes

Should schools teach our kids what to think? Or how to think? Over at Watchdog today I write about an assignment at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo which made students write to state lawmakers urging them to raise tobacco taxes. The assignment was born of an American Lung Association presentation at a teacher conference

Legislature Kills Another Tobacco Tax Hike, Will It Go To The Ballot?

The state Senate killed another tobacco tax hike today. This time it was SB2322, introduced by Senator Tim Mathern (D-Fargo). Like Rep. Jon Nelson’s bill in the House, which failed by a wide margin last week, Mathern’s bill also flopped. The vote was 17-30 against. Had Mathern’s bill passed it would have raised the per-pack tax on

Will Raising North Dakota's Tobacco Tax Decrease Use, Or Increase Smuggling?

“North Dakota needs to do everything it can to prevent more people from smoking and to encourage smokers to quit,” opines the Bismarck Tribune in an editorial today which is generally supportive of legislation to increase the state’s tobacco taxes. One might quibble with the idea that government ought to be using the tax code to manipulate people

Video: North Dakota Lawmakers Defeat Bill Lowering Drinking Age For Military Members

Rep. Andrew Maragos’ bill to lower the drinking age for service members – HB1225 – failed in the House today by a fairly wide margin, 23-67. Originally the bill would have only allowed service members to drink on-base and with the permission of their commanding officers. It was amended before the floor vote to allow

Despite Low Tobacco Taxes, North Dakota Enjoys Very Low Tobacco Use Rates

Lawmakers will be considering two separate bills to hike tobacco taxes in North Dakota this session. HB1421, sponsored by Rep. Jon Nelson (R-Rugby), would raise the per-pack tax on cigarettes by about 250 percent, from $0.44 per pack to $1.54. It would also include these other increases: The tax on snuff would go from $0.60

Video: ND House Kills School Choice Bill

HB1466, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch (listen to my interview with him here) was a school choice bill that would have allowed parents choosing a qualified public school to get 25% of their child’s share of public school funding sent by the state to the school of their choice. “It does not take away any

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