Published March 28, 2023

Legislature Pondering Corporate Ranching, Foreign Land Ownership  

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan
Rep. Jay Fisher, R-Dis. 5, Minot. (Photo: North Dakota Legislative Assembly)
Rep. Jay Fisher, R-Dis. 5, Minot. (Photo: North Dakota Legislative Assembly)

Bills Remain in Active Process

MINOT – Two bills still working their way through the legislative process, one dealing with corporate ranching and the other with foreign ownership of land within the state, are receiving plenty of attention. 

Rep. Jay Fisher, R-Dis. 5, Minot, told a legislative forum in Minot recently that that HB1371, the corporate ranching bill, has “come a long ways.” HB1371 passed the House 70-24, sent to the Senate, and has been heard by the Senate’s Agriculture and Veteran Affairs Committee. The committee has not yet made a recommendation on the bill. 

“There’s more to come,” said Fisher. “Hopefully, we’ll get a favorable result.” 

SB2371, a bill that would prohibit foreign ownership of property in North Dakota, easily passed the Senate by a 47-0 vote. 

“That is over in the House Agriculture Committee now,” said Fisher.  

The bill was heard by the House Ag Committee on March 16 with another hearing set for March 30. The bill contains an emergency clause, meaning, if passed, that it would go into effect as soon as signed by the governor. 

SB2371 Introduced by Senators Paulson, Larsen, Wobbema Representatives Fisher, Hoverson, Louser  

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 11-11 and a new section to chapter 40-05 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the power of counties and municipalities to prohibit local development by a foreign adversary; to amend and reenact section 47-01-09 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the prohibition on ownership of real property by a foreign adversary; and to declare an emergency. 

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