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Video: House Votes to Block Executive Branch From Introducing Legislation

Video: House Votes to Block Executive Branch From Introducing Legislation

HB1397 touches on a couple of the peculiarities to the North Dakota legislative process. The first is the tradition that every bill introduced in a given Legislative session gets a committee hearing and a floor vote. The second is that North Dakota is the only state in the union where the executive branch can introduce

Legislation Seeks to Crack Down on Government Competing With the Private Sector

Should the government be in competition with the private sector? I think the immediate answer most would have to that question would be “no,” but it happens a lot. The government often provides services, both for itself and the public, which are also provided by the private sector. Finding the appropriate level of taxpayer-funded services

Jared Hendrix: Support The Separation Of Powers In North Dakota

During the time of Aristotle, theories arose regarding the different components of government. These debates evolved over the centuries during which the world was exposed to every variant of monarchy, despotism and empire. It was the great political philosopher Montesquieu who most concisely established the concept of the “separation of powers” within government. In 1748,

North Dakota District Conventions: Mandan and Hettinger, Grant, Morton and Sioux 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: 31 and 34 Click on a District number above for a

Shameful: ND House Votes Down Local Government Transparency Bill

Rep. Blair Thoreson has been a real champion when it comes to fighting for government transparency here in North Dakota. Back in the 2009 legislative session Rep. Thoreson introduced and got passed a bill creating an online database of all state government spending (you can see it here). Since then Rep. Thoreson has been trying