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Group's Use Of State Auction To Promote Conservation Measure Was "Unfortunate" Say Officials

Group's Use Of State Auction To Promote Conservation Measure Was "Unfortunate" Say Officials

North Dakota is having a robust debate about conservation. A group of conservation groups want to amend the state constitution to create a massive conservation fund that would be funded by hundreds of millions in oil tax revenues per biennium, with a mandate that most of it be spent whether conservation spending is needed or

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

Outdoor Heritage Fund Requests Make You Wonder Why We Needed The Outdoor Heritage Fund

The board of special interests appointed to oversee the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created by the legislature to funnel a percentage of oil tax revenues to conservation projects, has approved the first round of funding. The proposals will now go to the State Industrial Commission for approval. Looking at the list of proposals (you can read

Legislator: Conservation Groups Want To Use Tax Dollars To Fund Their Payroll

The backstory behind North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund has become something of a saga. In the 2012 election cycle conservation activists attempted to get on the ballot a measure to create a constitutional conservation fund. It would have diverted hundreds of millions of dollars in oil tax revenues into a fund overseen by an appointed

There Is No "Glitch" In The Outdoor Heritage Fund Formula

The Fargo Forum’s Patrick Springer has an extremely misleading report on a supposed “glitch” in the funding formula for the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The formula dedicates a portion of oil tax revenues to the fund up to a maximum of $15 million per year, and $30 million per biennium. As things stand now with oil

House Approves Amendment Removing Some Special Interests From Outdoor Heritage Fund

Today the House took up amendments to SB2242. Rep. Todd Porter, who sponsored HB1278 which has already been passed by the governor, introduced amendments to this bill after it became clear that some of the special interest groups named in his legislation to a board to advise the appropriations made it clear they’d likely pursue

Despite Governor Signing Bill Into Law, War Over Outdoor Heritage Fund Continues

The governor may have signed a bill creating a $30 million per-biennium continuing appropriation for a conservation fund, but the controversy over the fund continues as the Bismarck Tribune reports. Rep. Todd Porter is still pushing amendments which would strip three special interests named specifically to the board advising the fund from the bill’s language,

ND Senate Votes Down Democrat Version Of Outdoor Heritage Fund

The North Dakota Senate today debated SCR4027, introduced by Senator Tyler Axness, which is a different version of legislation creating an outdoor heritage fund introduced by Rep. Todd Porter in the state House. Conservation groups have been trying to kill Rep. Porter’s bill on the grounds that it doesn’t give them a large enough continuing

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

ND House Votes For Obamacare Expansion Of Medicaid

Here’s a question: Why bother electing Republicans if they won’t block bad Democrat health care policy? Because that’s exactly what the North Dakota House did today. After a lengthy debate (video here), in which not a single Democrat participated, the House majority voted to implement the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid. The bill, HB1362, was divided