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If A Third Of Booze Sales Are Going To Underage Drinkers, Maybe Laws Against Underage Drinking Don't Work

If A Third Of Booze Sales Are Going To Underage Drinkers, Maybe Laws Against Underage Drinking Don't Work

“In 2009 underage customers accounted for 30% of all alcohol consumed in this state totaling $69 million in sales,” said Rep. Joe Heilman on the floor of the North Dakota House today where he was arguing in favor of a bill to increase penalties for those who deliver booze to underage drinkers. KXNet – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson

Interview: Rep. Mark Dosch Talks About North Dakota School Choice Bill

I interviewed Rep. Mark Dosch about HB1466, a bill that would appropriate 25% of a student’s share of public education dollars to any private school that student may attend. The bill would require that parents choosing a private school file a form with the superintendent of their school district. Based on that form, the Department

After Decriminalizing Drug Use, Drug Abuse Falls By Half In Portugal

America’s “war on drugs” is a losing battle. Despite trillions spent, and countless lives lost, drugs are about as accessible in America as they’ve ever been. You’d think this would be a good argument for ending the “war on drugs,” but drug warriors argue that if we end the prohibition drug abuse will get even

Shootings In Gun-Controlled Chicago Worse Than In Al Capone Days

Is gun control really doing anything to protect Chicagoans from gun violence? The facts say no: February 1, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — In this I-Team report, Chicago’s rising murder rate in a new context, how the numbers of shooting deaths compare to the city’s most notorious crime era, the one that has tarnished Chicago’s reputation

Should North Dakota Allow Earlier Sunday Openings?

The Sunday closing law is a fascinating one because a lot of the support and opposition to it. Rep. Rick Becker has introduced HB1437 which doesn’t mandate an end to Sunday closing laws but rather gives local government the option of allowing businesses to be open (this is different from HB1367 introduced by Rep. Randy

Pastor Wants To Let His Parishoners Concealed Carry In Church

When I first wrote about bills before the legislature that would end a state prohibition on concealed carry in churches many objected to the idea of guns in churches. But I think people are a little confused about what the law would do. It wouldn’t mandate that churches allow concealed carry but rather allow churches

"We need to move away from the idea that every act we find immoral, repugnant, or unsavory needs to be criminalized."

“Every new criminal law gives prosecutors more power,” writes Radley Balko. “Once we have so many laws that it’s likely we’re all breaking at least one of them, the prosecutor’s job is no longer about enforcing the laws, but about choosing which laws to enforce.” And when Balko writes about the growth in our criminal

Interview: Rep. Dwight Kiefert Talks About Bill To Allow Concealed Carry In Schools

Rep. Dwight Kiefert is the sponsor of HB1215 which, if passed, would allow local school districts to decide if they want to allow concealed carry of weapons on school property. The bill would also allow those schools to keep that decision a secret if they choose. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2U-r74Ygw0&w=640&h=480] I was curious about Rep. Kiefert why

Interview: ND Bar Owner Says Smoking Ban Has Taken Away 80% Of His Business

News today is that North Dakota’s “smoking grade” has improved thanks to the recently-passed statewide smoking ban. Unfortunately, that ban is also killing perfectly legal and profitable businesses. Todd Pryor is a small business owner in Minot, North Dakota. He owns the Great Plains Smoke Shop and, right next door, the Garage Lounge which is

In Passing New Anti-Gun Laws, New York Should Have Remembered Failures Of Anti-Tobacco Laws

The State of New York is making headlines as the first state in America to pass new gun control laws after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. These laws seem calculated to ban guns not through outright prohibition but through regulatory attrition. New Yorkers, among other things, will now have to get a background

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