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Video: North Dakota Approves Three More Anti-Abortion Bills

Video: North Dakota Approves Three More Anti-Abortion Bills

The North Dakota House today had lengthy debate on four anti-abortion bills with originated in the Senate. This is “landmark legislation,” as Rep. Robin Weisz noted during the floor debate. “No state has made a statement like we’ve made today.” Here’s what got votes: SB2305 – Introduced by Senator Spencer Berry, this bill would require

America Has Tobacco Prohibition Through Regulation

Most Americans don’t like tobacco use. That’s why state after state, city after city, has passed increasingly aggressive bans on tobacco use. The proponents of this sort of policy bristle when they’re called prohibitionists, but they really are. Their goal isn’t public health. Their goal is to limit the choices you and I can make.

Minnesota Considering "Medical Amnesty" Bill For Underage Drinkers

In Minnesota legislators are considering a bill that would waive legal consequences for underage drinkers in medical emergencies, the idea being that underage drinkers who go to success might forgo needed medical attention out of fear of getting arrested. Minnesota (WDAY TV) — A Minnesota bill that passed through two legislative committees would protect underage

Conservation Groups Get Greedy

The dynamics around legislation to create an Outdoor Heritage Fund have taken a turn to the interesting. Last year an initiated measure to create the fund which would have no cap on revenues, and no oversight from the state’s elected leaders, was kept off the ballot by petition fraud perpetrated by a group of NDSU

It's Time To Remove The Remnants Of Religious Bigotry From North Dakota's Constituiton

So-called “Blaine amendments” are changes made to state constitutions around the turn of the 19th – 20th century which prohibited public dollars being used for “sectarian” or religious schools. The amendments were born of the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry of the era – this wasn’t so long after the era of the Know Nothing party –

The Outdoor Heritage Fund Is A Threat To Property Rights

In the first half of the legislative session the North Dakota House passed a bill, HB1278, to create the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The idea came from a ballot measure that was derailed by petition fraud last summer. It would create a panel of special interest groups that would decide how to spend $30 million in

Taxpayer Funded Lobbying Gets Approval From ND Senate

I might be more upset with this development if it weren’t for the fact that taxpayer dollars are already being used for lobbying. The government using taxpayer dollars to lobby other levels of government for more taxpayer dollars is exactly what we don’t want, but let’s not kid ourselves. This is already happening, despite the

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

North Dakota Won't Get Limit On Time For Absentee Ballots

The ND House voted down HB1238 today, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, which would have limited the distribution of absentee ballots to “no earlier than 20 days before the election.” The bill was voted down on a 30 – 63 vote. Koppelman’s bill was just one of five bills introduced in this legislative by Republicans

Maybe Gun Violence Doesn't Have A Legislative Solution

Today Rep. Kevin Cramer held a forum on gun issues in Fargo. It included a panel discussion, and audience participation, and I’m sure all the usual arguments both for and against gun control were heard. But at the end of this Fargo Forum article about the event, Cramer said something I found to be fairly

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