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House Shoots Down State Rail Inspectors: "Every Derailment Threatens Our Entire Oil Industry"

House Shoots Down State Rail Inspectors: "Every Derailment Threatens Our Entire Oil Industry"

Normally you wouldn’t think the budget for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission would be a likely candidate for heated and protracted debate in the Legislature, but that was the case this morning. A House committee removed language in the PSC budget – SB2008 – which would have funded two state rail inspectors and one supervisor

North Dakota Turns Away From Ban On Corporate Farming To Save Swine, Dairy Farms

For 83 years North Dakota has had one of the toughest bans on corporate farming in the nation. While corporations can own and work farmland in the state, those corporations can only exist among family members. Today the state House approved a bill which would exempt swine and dairy farms from that corporate ban, allowing

ND House Votes To Give Legislature Oversight On Oil And Gas Regulations

HB1187 is one of the bills introduced by Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman) taking aim at the North Dakota Industrial Commission. That commission, for the uninitiated, is one of the most powerful governing bodies in the state. It consists of the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Agriculture Commissioner. Among other things, it regulates oil and

Fargo Forum: Wealth Redistribution Is Better Than Tax Cuts

There are a bunch of bills for tax relief before the 2015 legislative session, including two bills to take income tax rates down to zero. But according to the Fargo Forum, it would be better if the Legislature passed an amendment to the state constitution allowing for the state to redistribute excess revenues by just cutting

Eighteen North Dakota Legislative Candidates Are Using Government Emails For Their Campaigns

Fargo City Commission candidate John Strand (full disclosure: John and I are friendly and have appeared on television together in the past) is now under police investigation for the “crime” of using a digital projector to cast a campaign message on a city water tower. It’s a pretty innovative idea (I got a laugh when I

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 9, 10 and 15 Rolette, Cavalier, Pembina, Towner and Ramsey County Area Guide

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: 9, 10 and 15 Click on a District number above for

After "Nazi" Twitter Controversy, Democrat Rep. Jessica Haak At It Again

I don’t think Rep. Jessica Haak needs any introduction to the SAB audience. She’s the Jamestown-area Democrat who called House Majority Leader Al Carlson a “Nazi” on Twitter and was later forced to apologize on the floor of the House. Well, Rep. Haak is at it again. Yesterday the House Agriculture Committee heard testimony on

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

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