Tag Archives: Marie Strinden

On Television: Early Childhood Education Or Daycare?

On my weekly segment with Chris Berg last night on 6:30 Point of View we talked about the vote on the early childhood education bill yesterday in the House. Supporters of the bill keep dressing it up as academics – and they’re winning, because the bill passed though with diminished scope – but it’s hard

Did The House Just Pass An Early Childhood Education Bill Or Daycare Subsidies?

The House had a lengthy debate this morning about SB2151 which would provide subsidies for early childhood education programs around the state. The bill was interesting because, as it was originally introduced, it set up a sort of voucher program for preschool. Parents choosing a preschool program would get for their child a voucher to

ND House Says Yes To Bill Granting Immunity To Those Reporting Drug Overdoses

In the 2013 session Rep. Marie Strinden – a Democrat from Grand Forks – introduced HB1412 which would have given immunity from prosecution to those reporting an overdose of alcohol. Obviously, this was aimed at underage drinkers who might not take a friend to the hospital out of fear of legal consequences. The House actually passed

ND Senate Reconsiders, Passes Bill For Earlier Sunday Booze Sales

Yesterday the state Senate defeated HB1434, introduced by Rep. Marie Strinden (D-Grand Forks), which is the the so-called “brunch bill” allowing for earlier booze sales on Sunday. One hour earlier, specifically. Under current law sales cannot begin until noon. This bill allows them starting at 11:00am. The bill got a one-vote majority in the Senate

ND Senate Says No To Earlier Sunday Booze Sales

HB1434, introduced by Rep. Marie Strinden (D-Grand Forks) would have allowed for restaurants to begin serving alcohol one hour earlier on Sundays. It’s called the “brunch” bill, since Sunday morning mimosas are a fad right now. North Dakota has the latest start-time for alcohol sales on Sundays in the region, starting at noon. Minnesota starts

House Passes Bill Allowing Earlier Alcohol Sales On Sundays

HB1434 – the so-called “brunch bill” introduced by Rep. Marie Strinden (D-Grand Forks) – passed the state House narrowly today, but without much debate. The final vote was 49-42, but Rep. Ben Hanson who carried the bill out of the Industry, Business, and Labor Committee (where it got a 10-4 “do pass” recommendation) was the

Democrat Lawmaker Wants North Dakota To Subsidize The Movie Industry

Last year Democrat Rep. Marie Strinden, who represents District 18 in Grand Forks, resigned from her job at the North Valley Arts Council after financial irregularities were discovered, including bounched checks. But that hasn’t deterred Strinden from a desire to support the arts, albeit with other people’s money. In two companion bills Strinden has proposed

Democrat Legislator Marie Strinden Resigns From Job After Financial Irregularities Discovered

In North Dakota our state lawmakers are not full-time. When not attending to their legislative duties, most of them have day jobs. Rep. Marie Strinden, a Democrat representing District 18 in Grand Forks, worked until just recently at the North Valley Arts Council. She has apparently resigned after being questioned by that group’s board of

Mother Of North Dakota Overdose Victim Wants Immunity Law For Those Calling Authorities

Debbie Bjerk’s eighteen-year-old son overdosed at a house party in Grand Forks after eating a brownie laced with hallucinogenic drugs. The person responsible for concocting the drug-laced brownie has been convicted and sentenced, but Bjerk tells the media that she wants a law giving immunity to people who report overdoses. “Nobody wanted to call police