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Shanley players in prayer. Forum News Service file photo.

Video: Bill Allowing Prayer at North Dakota High School Playoff Games Passes State House

Video: Bill Allowing Prayer at North Dakota High School Playoff Games Passes State House

Back in 2015 there was a controversy over prayer at high school sports events here in North Dakota. At the time a Facebook posting of the Bismarck St. Mary’s and Kindred football teams praying after a playoff game on Saturday went viral. The post claimed that the North Dakota High School Activities Association has banned

Shanley players in prayer. Forum News Service file photo.

Bill Would Stop Prohibition on Prayers at North Dakota High School Athletic Events

Back in 2015 there was a controversy over prayer at high school sports events here in North Dakota.  At the time a Facebook posting of the Bismarck St. Mary’s and Kindred football teams praying after a playoff game on Saturday went viral. The post claimed that the North Dakota High School Activities Association has banned public

Democrats Fight To Keep ND Gun Laws Complicated: "Bullets Don't Discriminate"

A bill introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-Fargo) to allow politicians to carry concealed in public buildings failed on a narrow margin earlier this morning, but another bill he introduced to simplify gun laws and expand carry rights had more success. Democrats weren’t too enthused with it, but it passed on a largely party-line vote

Bill To Let Politicians Carry Concealed In Public Buildings Fails On Narrow Vote

Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) wanted to improve security in North Dakota’s public buildings by allowing elected officials to carry concealed. To that end he introduced HB1257. Currently concealed carry isn’t allowed at all in the state’s public buildings, up to and including the capitol. Koppelman’s bill, as amended, would have allowed elected and appointed

State House Passes Limitations On Law Enforcement Drone Use

Last session a bill to address law enforcement use of drones failed after it ticked off law enforcement officials and cheerleaders for the drone programs at the University of North Dakota. This time around the bill, again introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), did better after some amendment. “Some in law enforcement felt it targeted

With Oil Prices Uncertain House Passes Smallest Income Tax Cut Bill Available

Today the state House took up four different income tax bills. One passed, and three failed. Here’s what House lawmakers rejected: HB1167: Introduced by Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot), this was by far the largest tax cut before the House. It would have represented a reduction of $973 million in personal income taxes in the coming biennium by

Bill Providing Open Records Penalties Defeated, Lawmaker Says "We Are Watching"

HB1435 was introduced by Rep. Rand Boehning (R-Fargo) and would have allowed for a civil penalty against violators of the state’s open records and open meetings laws. “The reason I put this bill forward is higher education,” Boehning said during his floor speech in favor of the bill. He noted that there the North Dakota

Video: North Dakota House Approves Bill Giving Legislature Control Over Tuition

The North Dakota House today debated HB1303. It was introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman (R-West Fargo), and it would take authority for setting tuition away from the State Board of Higher Education and give it back to the Legislature. About a week ago I wrote about how the university system uses tuition as a political

University System's Tuition Weapon Should Be Taken Away

Some North Dakota lawmakers want to take away the North Dakota University System’s authority to set tuition. If you want to know why, we need look no further than two graphs compiled this month by Legislative Council. The first shows legislative appropriations to the university system growing by 133 percent since the 2005-2007 biennium (it

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