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Diane Larson, District 30 Senate Incumbent

In this insightful interview, join us as we sit down with Incumbent Senator Diane Larson, who is running for re-election in North Dakota's District 30. We delve into the complexities of term limits affecting the state legislature, Senator Larson's unwavering advocacy for her community, and the intriguing dynamics surrounding her…
February 23, 2024

Burgum endorses Miller in North Dakota governor’s race against Rep. Armstrong

BY: MICHAEL ACHTERLING - FEBRUARY 21, 2024 (North Dakota Monitor) North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller to be his successor, referencing her similarity to Donald Trump as a political outsider and business leader. Miller announced her run for governor last week. She will compete against Republican U.S. Rep. Kelly…
February 22, 2024

Jose Castaneda, District 40 Senate Candidate

In this insightful interview, Jonathan Starr sits down with Jose Castaneda, candidate for District 40 Senate, to discuss his campaign and key issues. Jose shares his perspectives on personal liberty, taxes, and more, offering a compelling vision for the future. Don't miss this engaging conversation about politics and policy in…
February 22, 2024

Ronald Westberry, District 40 House Candidate

Join us for a candidate interview as we sit down with Ronald Westberry, District 40 House Candidate, as part of The Dakotan's Election Central Coverage. Ronald shares insights into his campaign, discusses key issues, and explains his motivation for running. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of his platform…
February 21, 2024

Minot Legislator Proposes Tax Revision

Alternative to Initiated Measure MINOT – There's a better way to do it. That was the message delivered by Rep. Scott Louser, R-Dis. 5, Minot, during a press conference held at the City Auditorium. Louser has penned a 23-page bill that he hopes to introduce to the 2025 legislative session.…
February 21, 2024

Olson Seeks District 38 House Seat

Lisa Olson announces that she is seeking election, as a Republican, to the State House of Representatives from District 38. She currently serves on Minot’s City Council; a seat that she was originally elected to in 2010. Throughout her tenure on city council, she has been elected Council Vice President…
February 20, 2024

US Congress Candidate, Trygve Hammer discusses campaign, federal aid bill, and more

In this exclusive interview, North Dakota US Congress Candidate, Trygve Hammer, sits down to discuss his campaign, the recently passed $95 billion federal aid bill, and more. Get a firsthand look at his vision for North Dakota and the nation, and hear his perspectives on crucial issues facing our communities…
February 20, 2024

Spending, Immigration, and War - Dr. Rick Becker, US Congress Candidate, breaks it down

Dr. Rick Becker joins The Conversation, as part of The Dakotan's Election Central Coverage, to talk about the top issues that are facing the US and North Dakota. The recent 95 billion dollar foreign aid bill is discussed along with some North Dakota Politics. He rejects the idea of him…
February 19, 2024

Dis. 14 Endorses Republican Trio

STEELE – Karisa Grothe, Larry Danduran and Jason Steidl were unanimously endorsed by local Republicans at the District 14 Legislative Endorsing convention in Steele on Sunday, February 18th. Grothe is endorsed for the State Senate seat, while Danduran and Steidl are each endorsed for the two State House seats. “It…
February 19, 2024

Charles Tuttle, District 40 Senate Candidate

Join us for an insightful conversation with Charles Tuttle as he discusses his race for District 40 Senate. Charles shares his motivations for running, reflects on past campaigns, and dives into various topics that shape his vision for the future. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of his journey…
February 16, 2024

Aaron West, District 40 House Candidate

In this episode, join us for an insightful conversation with Aaron West, a candidate running for the District 40 House of Representatives seat. With a background in law enforcement, Aaron shares his compelling journey, motivations for running, and key issues driving his campaign. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding…
February 16, 2024

Bolinske Announces Dis. 40 Run

Macy Bolinske release Macy Bolinske announces her candidacy for the open North Dakota House of Representatives seat in District 40 in Minot. Macy Bolinske grew up in Minot, North Dakota, graduated from Bishop Ryan Catholic School and went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University…
February 15, 2024

Miller to Run for Governor

Tammy Miller release Doug Burgum’s Lt. Governor Tammy Miller Launches Campaign for GovernorMiller is a Business Leader Who Will Keep North Dakota’s Growth and Success Going Lt. Governor Tammy Miller launched her campaign for Governor today vowing to build on the successes of the Burgum administration and keep North Dakota’s…
February 15, 2024

Dems Are Quietly Telling Team Biden He Has To Be Out In Public More After Special Counsel Report

Nick Pope on February 10, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Democrats are quietly pushing President Joe Biden’s aides to have the president engage more frequently with the public following Thursday night’s turbulent press conference in response to a special counsel report, according to Politico. In his report assessing whether Biden previously…
February 10, 2024

District 2 Senate Candidate, Mark Enget

Jonathan Starr has an insightful conversation with Mark Enget as they delve into his campaign for the District 2 Senate Seat. Explore Mark's professional journey, his political aspirations, and the initiatives he plans to champion if elected into office. Tune in for an engaging discussion on leadership, community, and the…
February 10, 2024

Jose Castaneda Announces Dis. 40 Candidacy

MINOT – Jose Castaneda announces his candidacy for the District 40 seatin the North Dakota Senate that was held by retiring longtime Minot area lawmaker KarenKrebsbach. Jose and his wife Feliciana have eight wonderful children that range in age from 14to 23.Jose was born Mexico City and his family legally…
February 9, 2024

‘They Are Being Very Crafty’: Sol Wisenberg Says Biden Special Counsel Report Implies ‘Really Limited Mental Capacity’

Harold Hutchison on February 8, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg called out special counsel Robert Hur’s report for being “crafty” in deciding not to charge President Joe Biden over possession of classified material. Special counsel Robert Hur’s report released Thursday found President Joe Biden deliberately kept classified…
February 8, 2024

American Billionaires Bankrolled Activist Crusade Against Natural Gas Hubs Before Biden Signed Off On Approval Pause

Nick Pope on February 8, 2024 American billionaires bankrolled an activist campaign targeting liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals that influenced the White House’s decision to pause new and pending approvals for the projects, according to The Wall Street Journal. The philanthropic organizations of the Rockefeller family and Democratic megadonor Michael…
February 8, 2024

Supreme Court Seems to Have Doubts About Kicking Trump Off the Ballot

Katelynn Richardson on February 8, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Nearly every Supreme Court justice expressed reservations Thursday about allowing a single state to remove former President Donald Trump from the 2024 election ballot. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday for Trump’s appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court’s December decision to disqualify him…
February 8, 2024

District 38 House Candidate, Lisa Hermosillo

Join us for an engaging conversation with Lisa Hermosillo, the District 38 Democrat House Candidate, as she discusses her campaign and vision for the district. Gain insights into her motivations, key policy priorities, and the changes she hopes to bring to the community. Discover what drives her passion for public…
February 8, 2024

District 40 Representative, Matt Ruby

Join us in The Dakotan Studio as we welcome District 40 Representative, Matt Ruby, for an engaging discussion on the dynamic landscape of North Dakota politics. Delve into the latest updates and insights on the developments within District 40, as we explore the pressing issues and initiatives shaping our community.…
February 7, 2024

Republicans, Conservatives React To Failed Mayorkas Impeachment

Harold Hutchison on February 6, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Republicans and conservatives reacted furiously Tuesday after a resolution to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas failed to pass in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives voted against impeaching Mayorkas 216-214, after Republican Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado, Tom McClintock…
February 6, 2024

DCNF Reporter Lays Out Biden Admin’s Censorship Funding

Katelynn Richardson on February 6, 2024 During the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing, Richardson detailed her findings that the multi-million dollar program, which she dubbed a “Censorship Industrial Complex,” used taxpayer dollars to fund numerous projects that censored American speech.” “The effort fits within the broader trend…
February 6, 2024

Senator Cramer Statement on Border Legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement regarding the Senate border security and supplemental funding bill. “After reading the text, there are some really good policies I wish we could have, and I’m sure Donald Trump would love to have, but this bill provides too many…
February 6, 2024

Andrew Schultz, District 40 Senate Candidate, discusses his reasons for running

Jonathan Starr sits down with Andrew Schultz, District 40 Senate Candidate, about his upcoming race for the open Senate seat after the retirement of Karen Kresbach. Schultz discusses his past political experiences, his reasons for running, and more in this action packed episode.
February 2, 2024

New Filings Show Which Campaigns Are Raking In The Cash As The Race For The White House Heats Up

Mary Lou Masters on February 1, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Presidential candidates end-of-year financial reports released Wednesday reveal which remaining campaigns have staying-power through the November general election. Joe Biden’s reelection campaign brought in the most during the fourth quarter of 2023, followed by former President Donald Trump and former…
February 1, 2024

Former Border Patrol And ICE Officials Refute Biden’s Border Claim

Jennie Taer on February 1, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) President Joe Biden claimed Tuesday that he doesn’t have the “power” to fix the crisis at the southern border, but four former federal border and immigration enforcement officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation that he in fact does have the…
February 1, 2024

Democrat Trygve Hammer to challenge Armstrong for House seat

Democrat Trygve Hammer filed to run for North Dakota’s 2024 U.S. House race, vowing the time for Democrats “retreating” is over.  Hammer’s Jan. 2 candidacy filing with the Federal Election Commission is early in the election cycle, which was by design, according to his campaign manager, so they can raise…
January 31, 2024

Democrat announces run for North Dakota governor

North Dakota Democrats have their first announced candidate to run for governor in 2024.  Travis Hipsher of Neche will try to be the first Democrat since 1988 to win the governor’s race.  “I don’t know how to classify myself except as a centrist,” Hipsher told the North Dakota Monitor on…
January 31, 2024

Fed Continues Rate Pause With Cuts On The Horizon

Will Kessler on January 31, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it would not change its benchmark federal funds rate, but does project rate cuts later this year. The Fed’s decision not to raise rates keeps the target range between 5.25% and 5.50%, the highest…
January 31, 2024

Three Announce for City Council

Trio proclaims “We Can Do Better” in the City of Minot MIN OT -- Mike Blessum, Rob Fuller, and Scott Samuelson announce their candidacies for alderman seats on the Minot City Council. The trio intends to run as a team to provide unified messaging and plans for the future of…
January 31, 2024

Hermosillo Seeks Nod in District 38

Lisa Hermosillo has announced she will be seeking the Democratic-NPL endorsement to the North Dakota House of Representatives for District 38. Growing up on a 3rd generation family farm, Hermosillo understands firsthand what farmers bring to our economy and communities. Farm life taught her the value of discipline and good…
January 31, 2024

Trump Could Face Completely Unprecedented Punishment In Civil Fraud Trial, Analysis Finds

Katelynn Richardson on January 30, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Trump’s real estate empire is the only big business that has been threatened with dissolution under New York’s anti-fraud law without clear victims or loss, an Associated Press analysis found. In reviewing close to 150 civil cases spanning 70 years, the…
January 30, 2024

China Made Pinky-Promise To Biden Not To Interfere In 2024 Elections

Jake Smith on January 30, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) China recently promised the Biden administration that it would not interfere in the U.S. 2024 presidential elections, CNN reported on Tuesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping assured President Joe Biden in November that his country would not meddle in the 2024 elections,…
January 30, 2024

Mark Enget Seeks District 2 State Senate Seat

POWERS LAKE, ND – Today, Mark Enget announced his campaign for the North Dakota State Senate in District 2. “North Dakota is a great place to live, and my desire is to keep it that way and preserve our values, culture and way of life. That means strong and family-friendly…
January 29, 2024

Tom Campbell pivots to US House race against Becker, Hammer

BY: MICHAEL ACHTERLING - JANUARY 26, 2024 (North Dakota Monitor) Former North Dakota state senator Tom Campbell now plans to run for the state’s at-large U.S. House seat instead of governor. Campbell said in an interview Friday he had been planning on running for governor in 2024, but when current North Dakota…
January 27, 2024

Trump Notches Massive Lead Against Haley In Her Home State: POLL

Mary Lou Masters on January 26, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Former President Donald Trump has a massive 27-point lead against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for her home state’s primary, a Friday poll found. Trump is ahead of Haley 58% to 31%, with 11% of likely GOP primary voters…
January 27, 2024

‘Election Interference’: Republicans Rip Verdict In Trump Defamation Case

Harold Hutchison on January 26, 2024 Republicans blasted the verdict in a defamation case against former President Donald Trump Friday. A Manhattan jury awarded Carroll $83.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages Friday after he criticized her during a May 2023 town hall on CNN, after he was found liable for defamation and sexual battery in a…
January 26, 2024

3 Bismarck Republican lawmakers skip local endorsing convention

BY: MICHAEL ACHTERLING AND AMY DALRYMPLE - JANUARY 25, 2024 (North Dakota Monitor) Three Bismarck Republican incumbent lawmakers skipped their district endorsing convention Wednesday, highlighting the division within the state Republican Party. Attendees expressed disapproval for incumbents Sen. Diane Larson, Rep. Mike Nathe and Rep. Glenn Bosch through a censure…
January 26, 2024

Draft Resolution to Declare Trump Presumptive Nominee Withdrawn

Mary Lou Masters on January 26, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) A draft resolution to declare former President Donald Trump the presumptive GOP nominee was withdrawn just hours after it was proposed on Thursday evening, the Daily Caller News Foundation confirmed. David Bossie, a committeeman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), proposed that…
January 26, 2024

Trump Joins Motion To Dismiss Racketeering Case, Disqualify Fani Willis Over Alleged Misconduct

Katelynn Richardson on January 25, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Former President Donald Trump moved Thursday to adopt a co-defendant’s motion to dismiss the Georgia racketeering case and disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis for alleged misconduct. Co-defendant Michael Roman claimed in a Jan. 8 motion that Willis awarded a “lucrative” contract to her…
January 26, 2024

Biden, Harris vow to restore protections for abortion rights as 2024 campaign launches

BY: JENNIFER SHUTT - JANUARY 23, 2024 (North Dakota Monitor) President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris moved abortion access to the forefront of their reelection bid Tuesday by making it the centerpiece of their first joint campaign rally of the 2024 election cycle. “With your voice, with your…
January 25, 2024

Republicans Rush To Defend Greg Abbott Amid Border Standoff With Biden

Arjun Singh on January 25, 2024 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Many elected Republicans have issued statements of support for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas after an order from the Supreme Court of the United States permitting the Biden administration to remove the state’s razor wire barrier placed along the international…
January 25, 2024

Trump win in New Hampshire sets up rematch with Biden

BY: JACOB FISCHLER, ARIANA FIGUEROA AND JENNIFER SHUTT - JANUARY 24, 2024 (North Dakota Monitor) WASHINGTON — Leading Republicans — and the Biden presidential campaign — on Wednesday rushed to identify former President Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee after he won decisively in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. Trump bested Nikki Haley,…
January 24, 2024

Kelly Armstrong Announces Run for Governor

Bismarck, N.D. – North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong today released the following statement announcing his candidacy for Governor of North Dakota. “For the past five years as your Congressman, I’ve been fighting for North Dakota in DC. I have fought against federal overreach, a two-tiered justice system, and a radical…
January 24, 2024

Becker Announces Bid for Congress

Seeks Rep. Kelly Armstong's Seat Rick Becker release Washington, DC is packed with corrupt politicians more concerned with funding foreign conflicts than addressing the issues we face here at home. The only solution is to elect proven conservative fighters who have a record of standing up to the establishment and…
January 22, 2024

Legislative Support for End Property Tax Petition

End Unfair Property Tax release BISMARCK — Representative Jim Kasper, (D46) Fargo, and End Unfair Property Tax Chairman Rick Becker have announced a coalition of dedicated public servants including legislators, former legislators, and 2024 legislative candidates have joined to publicly endorse a crucial initiated measure aimed at implementing much needed…
January 18, 2024

Senators Introduce Bill to Allow States to Secure Border

Sen. Kevin Cramer release WASHINGTON – Since President Biden took office in 2021, there have been at least eight million illegal border crossings into the United States and more than 5 million apprehensions at the southern border. Along the southern border, Texas and Arizona have constructed temporary barriers made out…
January 11, 2024

City Rejects Human Relations Ordinance 

Proponents Called Cowards  MINOT – By a 4-3 vote the City Council rejected a Human Relations Committee ordinance enacted in 1976. The vote also tossed aside a new ordinance drafted by an Ad Hoc committee tasked with reviewing the issue.  The matter had been contentious and Monday’s council meeting was…
December 19, 2023

Sen. Cramer Blasts MAFB Message

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), issued the following statement after Minot Air Force Base leadership sent a message to servicemembers warning them of the dangers associated with being near the Dakota Patriot Rally held at the state fairgrounds in Minot.…
November 21, 2023

Senate Passes Funding Bill to Avert a Government Shutdown, Extend Farm Bill

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, release WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statements after voting for the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act. This continuing resolution (CR), which passed the Senate by a vote of 87 to 11, extends funding in the Agriculture, Energy and Water,…
November 16, 2023

Gavin Newsom Says Biden Admin Told Him Not To Bring Up Human Rights Abuses With Xi, Focus On Climate Change

Nick Pope on October 30, 2023 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the State Department advised him not to bring up human rights abuses with Chinese President Xi Jinping while he was visiting the country this past week, according to an interview shared on X, formerly…
October 30, 2023

Benjamin Netanyahu Announces Second Phase Of War Against Hamas Has Begun

Jason Cohen on October 28, 2023 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Israel-Hamas conflict a “second war of independence” and pledged to annihilate the terrorist group Hamas in his first speech since the country expanded its ground operations in Gaza on Friday. Netanyahu stated that the…
October 29, 2023

Biden’s Green Agenda Is Making Every Part Of Owning A Home More Expensive, Watchdog Says

Will Kessler on October 27, 2023 (Daily Caller News Foundation) President Joe Biden’s climate proposals will substantially increase average Americans’ home expenses for purchases like appliances, according to data from the Alliance For Consumers (AFC). The financial burden of the Biden administration’s policies targeting household appliances totals $9,166 in new costs…
October 28, 2023

‘I Have No Regrets’: Mike Pence Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Ryan Meilstrup on October 28, 2023 (Daily Caller News Foundation) Former Vice President Mike Pence announced he was ending his presidential campaign on Saturday during a speech in Las Vegas. “After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today,” Pence said at the Republican…
October 28, 2023

Senators Concerned Regarding Critical Minerals Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON – U. S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, co-led a bipartisan letter expressing several concerns regarding a potential critical mineral free trade agreement between the United States and Indonesia. The letter follows reports that the Biden administration is in negotiations…
October 25, 2023

NDFU urges lawmakers to retain funding for fertilizer production

JAMESTOWN – As the state legislature reconvenes today to reauthorize components of an Office of Management and Budget legislative bill that was ruled unconstitutional by the N.D. State Supreme Court, North Dakota Farmers Union is urging lawmakers to retain a program designed to support in-state fertilizer production. “Expanding in-state fertilizer…
October 23, 2023

End Property Tax Effort Ongoing 

Drive to Bring Initiated Measure to Voters  BISMARCK – It is still in the early stages but the effort to end North Dakota’s property tax appears to be gaining momentum. The End Unfair Property Tax movement hopes to obtain 45,000 signatures from North Dakotans to place an initiated measure before…
October 10, 2023

Pentagon Sends Largest Aircraft Carrier To The Middle East, Says Military Aid Will Soon Reach Israel

By Micaela Burrow  (Daily Caller News Foundation) The Pentagon will send aircraft and its largest aircraft carrier to the Eastern Mediterranean in a show of force to support Israel in its war against Hamas terrorists, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement Sunday. The Pentagon will begin transferring an unspecified…
October 8, 2023

Sen. Cramer Statement on Senate Passage of Funding Bill to Avert a Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after voting to support the House of Representatives’ 45-day funding bill. This legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate with a vote of 88 to 9, averting a federal government shutdown at midnight. The bill extends current government funding levels until…
October 1, 2023

House Passes Short-Term Government Funding Bill Seeking To Avoid Shutdown

Katelynn Richardson on September 30, 2023 (Daily Caller News Foundation) The House of Representatives voted to pass a 45-day short-term spending bill Saturday, potentially staving off a government shutdown. The “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2024 and Other Extensions Act” was passed by a 335-91 vote. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced Saturday morning the…
September 30, 2023

“He Gets It” 

Gov. Burgum’s Second Debate  North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum did his best to make an impression with a national viewing audience despite limited minutes in the latest Republican presidential candidate debate. The debate was held Wednesday evening at the Ronald Reagen Center in California.  FOX Business host Charles Payne, in…
September 28, 2023

Biden Admin Proposes Rule Requiring States To ‘Transfer’ Kids From Foster Homes That Don’t ‘Support’ Gender Identity

Lillian Tweten on September 27, 2023 (Daily Caller News Foundation) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule Wednesday that would require states to “transfer” foster children from families who do not support their “gender identity,” a copy of the rule showed. Under the proposed rule,…
September 28, 2023

‘It Will Get Them Nowhere’: Fox Business Host Warns GOP Candidates To Not Spend Whole Debate Attacking Trump

Harold Hutchison on September 27, 2023 (provided by The Daily Caller News Foundation) Fox Business host Larry Kudlow warned Republican presidential candidates attending Wednesday’s debate not to attack former President Donald Trump. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Vice…
September 27, 2023

Burgum Qualifies for Second Debate 

Republican National Committee Approval Needed  MINOT – Several national sources are confirming that North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican candidate for President of the United States, has met the qualifying criteria necessary to participate in the second Republican presidential debate scheduled for Wednesday of this week.  FOX News, which…
September 25, 2023

Legislation to Prevent Declaration of National Emergency for Purposes of Imposing Gun Control

Sen. Kevin Cramer release WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined his colleagues in reintroducing the Protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act, which would prohibit gun control being imposed through a national emergency declaration by the President or a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary…
September 22, 2023

‘The Last Thing I Would Do’: Trump Says He’s Unlikely To Pardon Himself If He Wins In 2024

Arjun Singh (The Daily Caller News Foundation) on September 15, 2023 Former President Donald Trump said that he’s unlikely to pardon himself if he is re-elected president in 2024, even though he could have done so in 2021, according to an interview with NBC News on Thursday. Trump is the leading candidate for…
September 18, 2023

Citizens Confront City Council President 

Angered by Property Tax, Proposed Sales Tax  MINOT – City Council President Paul Pitner’s letter to fellow council members did not go over well with city residents who voiced their opposition during Tuesday’s council meeting. Pitner wrote the letter of recommendation on the 2024 city budget.  Among the issues that…
September 6, 2023

Tour, Press Conference Highlight Abandoned Keystone XL Pipeline

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND release SCRANTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, participated in an Americans for Prosperity press conference and a guided tour through the Keystone XL Pipeline boneyard, which houses pipe segments originally intended…
August 28, 2023

Reaction to Burgum on National Stage 

8 in Republican Presidential Debate  MINOT – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum stood on stage Wednesday night for a debate with seven other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. A national television audience heard candidates tout their plans for the future of the United States while pointing fingers and emphasizing…
August 24, 2023

From ER to National Debate

Will Take to National Stage Tonight  UPDATE: FOX news reports Doug Burgum will be on the Republican debate stage tonight 8/23/2023. UPDATE: Sources report Burgum suffered a torn Achillies tendon and will need the support of crutches during an afternoon debate stage walk-through. No decision has been made as to…
August 23, 2023

Biden Administration Releases $6 Billion to Iran

Senators Demand Answers on Secret Negotiation WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Development, joined his Senate Republican colleagues in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen demanding answers regarding the approximately…
August 21, 2023

Bismarck Man Touts End to Property Tax 

Cites Immoral Process and Legislative Overspending  MINOT – Former state legislator from Bismarck and previous independent candidate for U.S. Senate, Rick Becker, promoted his latest endeavor during a gathering in the city Wednesday evening.  At the former Columbian Club on North Broadway, Becker explained why he is heading up “End…
August 17, 2023

End Property Tax to Appear in Minot 

Goal to Achieve Tax Relief  MINOT – It is a bold plan triggered by those who believe North Dakota’s property tax is unjust.  End Unfair Property Tax, an organization led by Dr. Rick Becker, Bismarck, is in the process of gathering signatures to put an initiated measure on the November…
August 14, 2023

Critical Funding for North Dakota

Senate Passes NDAA Sen. Kevin Cramer release WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 with a vote of 86 to 11. “The National Defense Authorization Act is a critical part of Congress’ first…
July 28, 2023

Senators Move to Block Biden Rule Allowing Chinese EV Chargers

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, release WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined his Senate colleagues in introducing a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act to overturn a Biden administration rule which would send American tax dollars to overseas competitors despite the administration’s own Buy America regulations. The resolution…
July 27, 2023

Retire Congress Receives Go-ahead

Petition Drive Set Bismarck – Retire Congress North Dakota announces that it has been approved to circulate petitions for an amendment to the North Dakota state Constitution that would prohibit anyone from North Dakota older than 80 from being elected to Congress. “We’re excited to get to work gathering signatures…
July 25, 2023

Burgum Reaches Presidential Debate Stage 

ND Governor Meets Qualifications  MINOT – North Dakota governor and Republican presidential candidate Doug Burgum had apparently earned his spot on the debate stage with six other qualifying candidates. The first Republican debate is set for August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  According to NBC News, Burgum hit 1% in his…
July 25, 2023

Proposal to Limit Age for Congress

Retire Congress North Dakota Proposes Constitutional Amendment That Sets Age 80 As Limit To Serve In Congress From North Dakota BISMARCK -- Retire Congress North Dakota announces that it is spearheading a statewide push for an amendment to the North Dakota state Constitution that would prohibit anyone from North Dakota…
July 14, 2023

Court Decision on Biden Administration's Unlawful Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

Senator Kevin Cramer release BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the student loan forgiveness case Biden v. Nebraska. “The pandemic is over and so is the student loan forgiveness saga. Today’s ruling rightly struck down the Biden administration’s illegal…
June 30, 2023

NDGOP Elects Sandi Sanford as Chairman

Press Release Sandi Sanford, the former 2nd lady of North Dakota, was named the new Chair of the North Dakota GOP Friday in Fargo. Running on a platform of uniting the party and supporting the values espoused in the party’s platform, Sanford defeated incumbent chair, Perrie Schafer. Her campaign focused…
June 17, 2023

Senators call out Biden Administration

Seek Information for Sidestepping Chinese Spy Balloon Inquiry Senators Call Out Biden Administration for Sidestepping Spy Balloon InquiryBISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined his Senate colleagues in writing a letter to President Biden calling out a constant lack of transparency related…
June 16, 2023

Trial Underway in Tribe’s Lawsuit 

Dispute over North Dakota Redistricting Map  By JACK DURA Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two tribes are in federal court this week, trying to prove to a judge that North Dakota's legislative district map dilutes Native American voters' strength on their reservations.  A trial began Monday in Fargo in…
June 13, 2023

Reaction to Burgum’s Presidential Bid 

Area Legislators Respond  MINOT -- It was certainly a historic moment.   North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum made it official Wednesday morning, announcing in Fargo that he is entering the presidential race. Burgum cited the economy, energy, and national security as his key platform issues.  Burgum told the enthusiastic gathering…
June 7, 2023

Gov. Doug Burgum Jumps into Race for President 

Joins Crowded Republican Field  By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JACK DURA Associated Press  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a former software entrepreneur who enacted a slate of laws this year advancing conservative policies on culture war issues, highlighted his small-town roots and business experience as he announced…
June 7, 2023

Human Relations Committee Vote Delayed by Minot City Council

Minot – The new Minot City Council Chambers were, once again, full of residents interested in providing input on the Human Relations Committee that was set to be discussed at Monday’s meeting but had to leave without answers. Since the ordinance for the Human Relations Committee was on the agenda…
June 5, 2023

Gov Burgum Vetoes: Obscene Bill and Miscellaneous Partial Veto

This article is part four of a mini-series documenting the seven bills that Governor Burgum vetoed in the 2023 legislative session. For the other articles, click here. Senate bill 2360 - “The ‘Obscene’ Bill” Introduced by: Senator Keith Boehm, Senator Todd Beard, Senator David Hogue, Representative Jim Kasper, Senator Bob Paulson,…
June 5, 2023

New Gov. Doug Burgum Announcement Preview Video 

Edges Closer to Republican Presidential Race  By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press  North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum took another step toward entering the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, posting a YouTube video on Monday touting his rise from a small town boy to a self-made software entrepreneur and a…
June 5, 2023

Gov. Burgum Vetoes: Private School and Open Vote Bills

This article is part three of a mini-series documenting the seven bills that Governor Burgum vetoed in the 2023 legislative session. For the other articles, click here. House Bill 1532 - The private school Bill Introduced by: Representative Claire Cory, Senator Todd Beard, Senator Randy A. Burckhard, Senator David Hogue, Representative…
June 4, 2023

Gov. Burgum Vetoes: Health Insurance and Ranked-Choice Bills

This article is part one of a mini-series documenting the seven bills that Governor Burgum vetoed in the 2023 legislative session. For the other articles, click here. House Bill 1416 - “The Health Insurance Bill  Introduced by:   Representative Dwight Kiefert, Representative Karen A. Anderson, Senator Cole Conley, Representative Karen M.…
June 3, 2023

Gov. Burgum Vetoes: 7 Vetoed Bills this Session, here are 2 of them

This article is part one of a mini-series documenting the seven bills that Governor Burgum vetoed in the 2023 legislative session. For the other articles, click here. The ND Legislative session ended at the end of April. It was a historic session with 932 bills and 56 resolutions that were…
June 2, 2023

Sen. Cramer on Debt Spending Bill

Senate Passes Fiscal Responsibility Act WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Banking Committee, issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan Fiscal Responsibility Act, a bill to suspend the debt limit until January 1, 2025, while cutting discretionary spending and enacting substantive permitting reforms: “As…
June 2, 2023

Striving for Property and Environment Protection

Public Service Commission BISMARCK – Regulation can be a controversial subject, but one department says the purpose of its regulations is to protect people’s property, including the products they buy, as well as the environment. The Public Service Commission in North Dakota regulates several things, but the four main objectives…
May 20, 2023

Human Relations Ordinance Postponed Again

Packed Room  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – An ordinance to create a Human Relations Committee that brought in a packed room at the Minot City Council meeting Monday was tabled for a second time. The HCR, originally created in 1976 but has been dormant for over a decade, was created to be…
May 16, 2023

Updates on National, State, and Local Republican Issues

Republican Women of Minot Speak About Current Politics MINOT – With Republicans holding the majority of political positions across North Dakota, there seems to be an ongoing divide in the party, some calling for more unity and perhaps allowing for a “bigger tent,” and some calling for a closer adherence…
May 13, 2023

ND Governor signs remaining bills from 2023 legislative session

Major appropriations bills BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum completed the signing of 45 bills this week that remained after the North Dakota Legislature adjourned its 2023 biennial regular session on April 30. Burgum had 15 business days to sign bills remaining in the governor’s possession when the assembly adjourned sine die. The Legislature sent…
May 11, 2023

North Dakota governor signs law protecting tribal adoptions

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for AmericaNorth Dakota's Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill into law to protect tribal cultures by codifying the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law, Burgum's office announced Monday.The federal Indian Child Welfare Act, enacted in 1978, gives preference to Native American…
May 8, 2023

North Dakota governor OKs pronoun bill

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for AmericaNorth Dakota's Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill into law that allows public school teachers and state government employees to ignore the pronouns their transgender students and colleagues use, the governor's office announced Monday.The new law also requires teachers to tell a…
May 8, 2023

Senator Censured 

Action Taken Against Karen Krebsbach  MINOT – Sen. Karen Krebsbach, R-Dis. 40, Minot, was rebuked by the District Executive Committee during a Tuesday evening meeting. Krebsbach has been in the State Legislature since 1989, earning a reputation of one of the most influential senators on the floor.  Jay Lundeen, Minot,…
May 3, 2023

Legislative Conclusion 

Leaders Share Final Thoughts  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Legislature adjourned at 3 a.m. Sunday.  The legislature passed $515 million in direct tax relief, which is about 19% of the state’s surplus of $2.7 billion. The legislature also appropriated $62 million in childcare aid, $5.3 billion for the…
May 2, 2023

If You Need Help With Insurance… 

Insurance Department lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Insurance can be a complicated issue sometimes, but one department’s job is to assist people in it.  The North Dakota Insurance Department was described by its Communications Director Jacob Just as an advocate for people with insurance. However, the primary role of the insurance department…
April 29, 2023

Majority Leaders Look Back at Session 

Address Issues at Press Conference  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – As the North Dakota Legislative session winds down, the majority leaders on both sides shared their thoughts on the session at a press conference Friday.  Senate Majority Leader Sen. David Hogue, R-Dis. 38, Minot, addressed the budget surplus of $2.7 billion.  “At…
April 28, 2023

Letter Demands Answers on FHFA Policy to Subsidize High-Risk Borrowers

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, joined Senators Roger Marshall, M.D., R-KS, and Thom Tillis, R-NC, in sending Sandra Thompson, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, a letter in fierce opposition to a policy which would penalize Americans who responsibly manage their money. The proposal, slated to go…
April 28, 2023

Library Porn Bill Rejected in ND House 

Fails to Override Veto  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House failed to garner a 2/3rds vote to override Governor Doug Burgum’s veto of a bill that would require sexually obscene books to be inaccessible to minors.  Senate Bill 2360 sought to require sexually explicit material be kept away…
April 28, 2023

Women's Prison Bill Passes Senate

Included in Department of Corrections Budget  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill that provides funds for a new state prison for women. The action came during Thursday’s legislative session.  House Bill 1015, the department of correction and rehabilitation budget, would provide $131.2 million for the…
April 28, 2023

Money for U.S. Highway 52 Project 

Study for Minot-Velva Stretch Included in Bill  BISMARCK – A bill containing money for a proposed highway improvement project, the widening of U.S. Highway 52 from Minot to Velva, awaits signature approval from Governor Doug Burgum.  “We got $5 million for an environmental study. We got it with good cooperation…
April 27, 2023

Tax Relief Passes ND Legislature

Much Debate lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Legislature has combined all the tax relief ideas into one bill which passed the House Wednesday afternoon and the Senate Wednesday evening. Much debate was had on both floors with both Republicans and Democrats expressing dissatisfaction in the final package, though…
April 27, 2023

Speaker Blocks Handouts During Porn Bill Tussle

Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – The Speaker of the North Dakota State House, Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Dis. 15, Devils Lake, decided Wednesday not to allow certain materials to be handed out to House members, saying they were inappropriate. Rep. Scott Dyk, R-Dis. 23, Williston, told The Dakotan he…
April 26, 2023

Parental Rights Bill Killed in House 

Public School Access  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House has killed a bill that would have established certain rights of a parent in the context of public school.  House Bill 2260 states that the government cannot substantially burden a parent’s right to direct the upbringing of their child.…
April 26, 2023

House Fails to Override School Choice Veto 

"Sick and Tired of Vetoes"  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – House Majority Leader Mike Lefor, R-Dis. 37, Dickinson, said he is sick and tired of vetoes before the North Dakota State House failed Tuesday to override Gov. Doug Burgum’s veto of a bill to give students of private schools financial aid.  House…
April 25, 2023

Speed Limit Fails Again in Senate 

Amendment Added to Bill  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House found a way to try changing the interstate speed limit again from 75 miles per hour to 80 mph by adding the change as an amendment to a different bill which the Senate killed Tuesday.  Both the House…
April 25, 2023

Electric Charging Stations in Condos Pass House Again 

Sponsor Derives Bill After Issues in Fargo lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to require homeowners associations to allow electric vehicle charging stations passed the North Dakota State House for a second time Monday.  House Bill 1310 would void restrictions from condo associations on homeowners’ ability to install the infrastructure needed…
April 24, 2023

Helping People With Insurance 

Working in the Capitol  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – People working in communications must have an understanding of a variety of topics, and one man from Bismarck works to communicate for a department that helps people with the often complicated topic of insurance.  Jacob Just is the director of communications for the…
April 23, 2023

Minot GOP District Chairs Chosen 

Two Incumbents, Two Newbies  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – All four of Minot’s Republican legislative districts have chosen their chairmen as of Saturday.  District 5, which covers most of southern Minot, re-elected Chairman Travis Zablotney, Minot, Saturday with no opposition. Almost 50 voters were in attendance for the meeting held at Motel…
April 22, 2023

Capitol Security 

Keeping it Safe  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Capitol is a place where many hot topics are discussed, thus providing a high-profile environment that may require security at times.  Darcy Aberle, director of Capitol security, said security is at the Capitol all year round, 24 hours a day.  Some…
April 22, 2023

Second Porn Book Bill Passes Senate 

Lawmakers Allege Death by Fiscal Note lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A second bill dealing with sexually explicit material in public libraries passed the North Dakota State Senate Friday after much discussion. Some senators alleged the bill went through the process of “death by fiscal note” in the House.  Senate Bill 2360…
April 21, 2023

$65 Million for Childcare 

Assistance Passes House  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed Friday a bill seeking to assist more families with childcare and help alleviate a childcare workforce crisis.  House Bill 1540 would provide a total appropriation of $65,600,000 for childcare programs to be distributed to families depending on their income…
April 21, 2023

New Free School Meals Passes House

Constitutionality Questioned lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK — An attempt to again pass funding to make school meals free for families making up to $60,000 a year was successful in the North Dakota State House Thursday evening. This comes after a previous single-subject bill that would have done the same thing failed in…
April 21, 2023

Corporate Ranching Advances

Passes House  PIX—-legis rep thomas ranching bill  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill that seeks to modernize ranching in North Dakota law has made its way through several amendments in a conference committee and passed the full body of the North Dakota State House for a second time Thursday.  House Bill…
April 20, 2023

Governor Signs Law on Trans Health Care 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill into law that makes it a crime to give gender-affirming care to people younger than 18.  Gender-affirming care for minors has increasingly come under attack in many conservative legislatures, including North Dakota, where lawmakers have…
April 20, 2023

Raw Milk Bill Passes House Again 

Direct-to-Consumer Sales  BISMARCK – A bill legalizing the direct-to-consumer sales of raw milk passed the North Dakota State House Wednesday for a second time.  House Bill 1515, the “raw milk” bill, originally passed the House. After Senate amendments it was referred to a conference committee.    After slight changes in conference…
April 20, 2023

Senate Fails to Override Rank Voting Ban Veto 

Local Control Debate  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate failed Wednesday to override the governor’s veto on a bill that would have banned rank and approval choice voting in the state.  House Bill 1273 would have prohibited political subdivisions from using a rank choice voting system, where voters…
April 19, 2023

Bill to Ban Abortion at Six Weeks Advances 

Associated Press  Lawmakers in North Dakota's House passed a bill Monday that would criminalize abortions after six weeks of gestation -- even in cases of rape or incest, the Bismarck Tribune reported.  The bill still requires approval from the Senate and governor to become law.  Opponents of the bill said…
April 18, 2023

House Overrides Governor Veto  

'Patient Choice' Bill   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House on Monday overrode Governor Doug Burgum’s veto of House Bill 1416.  The bill sought to prohibit health insurers from excluding a health care provider from participating on the health insurer’s panel.  Burgum’s reasoning for vetoing the bill was read…
April 17, 2023

Guarding the Capitol 

Director of Capitol Security lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – With so many people coming in and out of the North Dakota State Capitol, and the fact that it’s a high profile meeting place where controversial issues take place, security is necessary.  Darcy Aberle, North Dakota Highway Patrol sergeant and director of Capitol…
April 16, 2023

Senators Question $50 Million for Tourism 

Commerce Budget Increased 415%  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – One bill making its way through the North Dakota State Legislature seeks to provide $50 million for tourism initiatives, which had some senators hesitant before the bill passed Thursday.  House Bill 1018 seeks to increase the Department of Commerce budget by 415%, from about…
April 14, 2023

Race Bill Debated Again 

Accreditation Concern  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House has once again debated and passed a bill prohibiting the penalization of people based on their support or opposition to specified concepts such as the idea that one race is privileged over another.  Senate Bill 2247 would prohibit state universities…
April 14, 2023

House Again Passes Private School Tuition Funds 

Bill Subject to Veto  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House has twice approved a bill providing students at private schools tuition aid. The second passage of the bill took place Thursday morning but lacked two thirds vote needed to override a possible veto from the governor.  House Bill…
April 13, 2023

Senate Sifts Through $3 Billion University Funds 

Lengthy Number of Items Explained  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A North Dakota State Senator explained a 30-page bill that appropriates over three billion dollars to the state universities, which passed the Senate Wednesday.  House Bill 1003 seeks to appropriate over $3.2 billion for state universities, including $1.1 billion to the University of…
April 12, 2023

Governor Signs Trans Athlete Bans  

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  North Dakota's Republican Gov. Doug Burgum on Tuesday evening signed two transgender athlete bans into law, effectively prohibiting transgender girls and women from joining female sports teams in K-12 and college.  Lawmakers in the House and Senate passed the bills with veto-proof majorities…
April 12, 2023

House Votes Money for Minot Airport Hangar 

Military Museum in Bismarck  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House approved an appropriation bill that includes money for a Minot airport hangar and a military museum in Bismarck.  Senate Bill 2016 provides a total of approximately $386 million of federal and state money for the adjutant general’s budget.…
April 12, 2023

Cigar Bill Signed 

Allows Cigar Lounges in State  BISMARCK – Smoking in public places in North Dakota, banned by a ballot measure in 2012, is about to change somewhat.  On Tuesday Governor Doug Burgum signed into law House Bill 1229. What was known as the “cigar lounge” bill goes into effect August 1…
April 12, 2023

Property Tax Increase for Water Boards 

ND House Approves Bill  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House approved a bill Tuesday that would require counties to levy a maximum of up to two mills of property tax for a joint water resource board.  Senate Bill 2372 would require all districts within the Souris River, Red River,…
April 11, 2023

Money for Private Students Passes Senate 

Lawmakers Debate School Choice  BISMARCK – A bill to help offset tuition costs for students enrolling in private K-12 schools passed the North Dakota State Senate Tuesday.  House Bill 1532 would provide funds to qualified private schools for the purpose of offsetting the cost for parents, no more than 30%…
April 11, 2023

Sports Betting Fails Senate 

Lawmakers Debate Regulating Versus Ban  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A resolution that would have placed a measure on the ballot to allow sports betting failed in the North Dakota State Senate Monday.  House Bill 3002 would have placed a constitutional measure to allow the legislative assembly to authorize sports betting in the…
April 10, 2023

Term Limits Resolution Rejected 

Senate Rejects Two House Votes  BISMARCK – Two resolutions that passed overwhelmingly in the North Dakota State House of Representatives suffered crushing rejection in the Senate Monday.  House Concurrent Resolution 3019, which sought to repeal and replace a term limits initiated measure approved by state voters in the November 2022…
April 10, 2023

Senate Votes for Signature Fraud Penalty 

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to provide a fine of up to a $3,000 for fraudulent signatures passed the North Dakota State Senate Monday.  House Bill 1230 initially sought to issue a fine no less than $10,000 to a ballot measure’s committee chairman that willfully submits invalid signatures. Amendments were…
April 10, 2023

Mister Chief Clerk 

Reading Bills for 18 Years  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – In North Dakota the titles of legislative bills are read to both the State House and State Senate.   Who reads the titles on the House side?  Buell Reich, Bismarck, chief clerk for the House side, said his job includes taking care…
April 9, 2023

Boatload of Proposed Constitutional Measures This Year

Lawmakers Sort Out Resolutions lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – There is no limit to how many constitutional measures can be placed on a ballot in North Dakota, but the upcoming 2024 ballot looks like it may have a hefty amount due to the many legislative resolutions introduced this session, according to state…
April 8, 2023

Chippewa Woman Named North Dakota Poet Laureate 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  North Dakota lawmakers have appointed a Chippewa woman as the state's poet laureate, making her the first Native American to hold this position in the state and increasing attention to her expertise on the troubled history of Native American boarding schools.  Denise Lajimodiere,…
April 7, 2023

Lawmakers Change Child Labor Laws for Sports 

Fourteen-Year-Old Workers Past 9 P.M.  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill Friday that would allow 14- and 15-year-olds to work past 9 p.m. at sports events in the summer months.  North Dakotans must be 14 years old to be employed, and currently youth 14 and…
April 7, 2023

House Votes for Legal Immigration Office 

A Strategy in Helping Workforce Shortages  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House has passed a bill that would create an office of legal immigration, which lawmakers say is one way to help the workforce and retention crisis.  Senate Bill 2142 would appropriate $485,000 to the Department of Commerce…
April 7, 2023

State Meal Reimbursement Increased 

Passes Senate, House  BISMARCK -- The amount of money state employees, legislators included, are to be reimbursed for meal expenses has been increased by the North Dakota Legislature.  The Senate passed SB2124 43-4 and sent it to the House where it initially failed 31-59 but passed a reconsideration vote the…
April 7, 2023

House Extends Time Limits for Sexual Assault Lawsuits 

Bill Previously Passed Senate  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill this week to change the window of time for a person to file a lawsuit on the grounds of sexual assault.  The current statute of limitation in the century code for someone to sue if they…
April 7, 2023

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Transportation Passes 

House Amendments  BISMARCK – A bill to allow a transportation agreement with the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora and Watford City has passed both North Dakota State Legislative Chambers after amendments.  Senate Bill 2110 would allow the director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation to enter an agreement…
April 6, 2023

Senate Votes to Close Defined Benefit Plan 

Retirement Options for Future Public Employees  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to close a traditional pension plan for future public employees passed the North Dakota State Senate Tuesday.  House Bill 1040 would close what’s known as the defined benefit plan on December 31, 2024 for new public employees starting January…
April 5, 2023

Proposal to Add Legislative Days 

Increase from 80 to 100 days  MINOT – There's a movement underway in the State Legislature to extend the length of sessions from 80 days to 100 days.  House Concurrent Resolution 3020 passed the House 74-18. It is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Workforce Development Committee this Thursday.…
April 4, 2023

Committee Votes to Overturn Election 

Resolution Seeks to Reverse Term Limits  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee wants the initiated measure that implemented terms limits for legislators and the governor to be repealed.  By a 5-2 vote Monday the Judiciary Committee gave a Do Pass recommendation to House Concurrent Resolution 3019 and forwarded…
April 3, 2023

Rules for Tenure Fail Senate 

Universities of Dickinson and Bismarck  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill that adds rules and a system of review for some university professors with tenure failed in the North Dakota State Senate Friday.  House Bill 1446 would have created a four-year program with four to five new requirements for tenured faculty…
April 3, 2023

House Fails to Override Speed Limit, Pronoun Vetoes 

Two-Thirds Vote Not Reached  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House failed to override a pair of bills vetoed by Gov. Doug Burgum.  Senate Bill 2231 sought to prohibit a government entity from mandating a teacher use the preferred pronouns of a student. The bill also prohibits public schools…
April 3, 2023

Madame Secretary

Reading the Bills for Six Years BISMARCK – Legislative bills go through a rigorous process to become law, and part of that process is that every bill’s potential location in Century Code must be read audibly to both chambers of the state. The person who reads this must do so…
April 2, 2023

North Dakota Submarine Deployment Detailed 

Commander Speaks to ND Legislature  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – North Dakota’s submarine executed its third deployment a year ago during the Russia-Ukraine war. Its commander detailed the trip to the state legislators earlier this week.  Commander Robert Edmonson III, Connecticut, commanding officer of the submarine USS North Dakota, told legislators he…
April 1, 2023

Deer Baiting, Fishing Tourney Fees Advance 

Hot Topic Outdoor Bills at ND Legislature  BISMARCK – Two bills that have captured the attention of hunters and fishermen in the state will soon be brought to a vote on the floor of the Senate.  Both HB1151, the deer baiting bill, and HB1538, the fishing tournament fee bill have…
March 31, 2023

Senate Votes to Give SOS More Power 

Bill Requiring Discretion of Signature Validity  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to give the North Dakota Secretary of State more authority in the petition process has passed the State Senate.  House Bill 1324 would require the Secretary of State to use discretion over the random sampling process as to the…
March 31, 2023

Senate Overrides Pronoun Veto 

House Yet to Act  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate overrode the governor’s veto Thursday on a bill prohibiting the government from requiring certain pronouns.  Senate Bill 2231 seeks to prohibit a government entity from mandating a teacher use the preferred pronouns of a student. The bill also…
March 31, 2023

Seat Belt Primary Bill Passes House 

Arguments for Safety and Personal Responsibility   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill Thursday that would give law enforcement the ability to pull someone over for the reason of not wearing a seatbelt.  Senate Bill 2362 seeks to change the violation of not wearing a seatbelt…
March 31, 2023

Squabble Over Landowner Permission Bill

House Says No to Reconsideration  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – North Dakota State House leaders deliberated on whether a vote should happen before a bill seeking to require permission from landowners failed to be reconsidered Wednesday.  Senate Bill 2251 would have required corporations to obtain written consent from a landowner, or a…
March 30, 2023

Man Involved in Self Defense Case Testifies on North Dakota Bill 

BISMARCK – Kyle Rittenhouse of Illinois has been known by many in the country as having been involved in a self-defense case and is now expressing support for a North Dakota self-defense bill.  House Bill 1213 would allow North Dakota courts to order the state to reimburse legal costs for…
March 30, 2023

Senate Passes Relocation of Sexually Explicit Books 

Bill Accused of Targeting LGBTQ Community  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A requirement for public libraries to relocate their sexually explicit books from the children’s section to the adult section passed the North Dakota State Senate Wednesday.  House Bill 1205 seeks to prohibit public libraries from keeping sexually explicit material in its…
March 30, 2023

Judge orders US to resume oil, gas leasing in North Dakota 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press  A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to resume oil and gas lease sales on federal lands in North Dakota, even as a legal battle continues over the Biden administration's decision to pause the leasing program two years ago in an effort to combat…
March 29, 2023

Virtual School Bill Passes Senate 

Distance Learning Enrollment  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate has passed a bill to allow per pupil funds to follow students enrolling in a virtual school.  Senate Bill 1376 seeks to prohibit school districts from denying enrollment to students for virtual school and allow the per pupil funds…
March 29, 2023

Surveyor Permission Fails House 

Tie Vote in Eminent Domain Issue BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House narrowly defeated a bill that would have required surveyors to obtain written consent from landowners before entering their land.  Senate Bill 2251 would have required corporations to obtain written consent from a landowner or a court order…
March 28, 2023

House Passes Ban on Penalization Based on ‘Divisive Concepts’ 

Public University Curriculum  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill Monday to prohibit public universities from penalizing someone based on 'divisive concepts’ such as the idea that one race is privileged over another.  Senate Bill 2247 would prohibit state universities from conducting mandatory noncredit earning training that…
March 28, 2023

Legislature Pondering Corporate Ranching, Foreign Land Ownership  

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…
March 28, 2023

School Lunch Burned in Senate 

Lawmakers say no to free lunch  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to provide free lunch in schools for more students failed in the North Dakota State Senate Monday.  House Bill 1491 would have provided an appropriation of $6 million, or as much as is necessary, to provide free lunch to…
March 27, 2023

Minot Missile Money 

For planning of major project  MINOT – The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles based at Minot Air Force Base are due for replacement. A bill before the State Legislature, SB2240, seeks to appropriate money that would finance necessary community planning for the massive project.  Sen. Randy Burckhard, R-Dis. 5, Minot,…
March 27, 2023

Term Limits and Tax Relief 

Topics at Legislative Forum  MINOT – The North Dakota legislature is taking aim at a term limits-initiated measure approved by voters in the last general election. The matter was one of the topics discussed at a recent legislative forum in Minot.  House Concurrent Resolution No. 3019 passed the House 63-29…
March 27, 2023

Tax Break for Hospitals Under Construction 

Approved by ND Senate  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARK – The North Dakota State Senate has passed a bill to exempt hospitals and nursing homes from property tax during construction.  House Bill 1438 would exempt public hospitals and nursing homes from paying taxes on their undeveloped properties of up to 50 acres for…
March 27, 2023

Supporting the Governor’s Appointee 

Financial Director’s Assistant  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Since the governor is managing an entire state, he appoints assistants. However, sometimes those assistants also need assistance.  Lori Sondag is the executive assistant to Joe Morrissette, director of the Office of Management and Budget for the cabinet of Republican Governor Doug Burgum. Sondag…
March 26, 2023

House Overturns Previous Vote on UND Property Tax 

Statements Corrected  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House reversed an earlier decision and voted down a resolution Friday to give the option to voters to repeal a one mill levy property tax, a tax which funds the medical school at the University of North Dakota.  Senate Concurrent Resolution…
March 24, 2023

Single Subject Constitution Passes House 

Resolution to Change Requirements for Measures  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A resolution attempting to simplify constitutional measures by requiring a single subject rule passed the North Dakota State House Thursday.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 4013 would place a measure on the November 2024 ballot to require all future initiated measures be one subject…
March 24, 2023

Corporate Livestock Bill Reaches Committee 

ND Senators Hear Testimony  BISMARCK – A bill for the purpose of “authorized livestock farm corporation requirements”, touted by Gov. Doug Burgum in his annual state-of-the-state address, was heard by members of the Senate Agriculture and Veteran’s Affairs Committee Friday.  The bill, dubbed both the Corporate Ranching bill and the…
March 24, 2023

Removal of Property Tax for UND Passes House 

Funding for Medical Center  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House voted Thursday to place on the ballot a removal of the only property tax that the state levies, which goes to the medical center at the University of North Dakota.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 4019 would place on the…
March 23, 2023

Repeal of Trigger on Oil Extraction Tax 

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill Wednesday to remove the upper trigger on the oil extraction tax.  House Bill 1286 would remove the upper trigger on oil extraction tax with the exception of tax on oil wells within the Fort Berthold Reservation boundaries. The upper…
March 23, 2023

North Dakota House Passes School Gender Pronoun Prohibition 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  Public schools and state agencies in North Dakota would be prohibited from referring to students and employees by any pronouns that don't reflect the sex assigned to them at birth, under a bill approved by the legislature.  The House approved the bill 60-32…
March 23, 2023

All Traffic Violations to be Recorded

Bill Passes Senate lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill Wednesday requiring all traffic violations be placed on a person’s driving record for any insurance company to see. Current law makes an exception for traffic violations that result in the deduction of two points or less.…
March 22, 2023

Removal of Front License Plate Fails Senate 

Senators Disagree with Representatives  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate voted down a bill Wednesday, House Bill 1295, that would have removed the requirement to have front license plates on motor vehicles.  “A front license plate may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it serves a very valuable purpose,” said…
March 22, 2023

Senate Votes to Change Interstate Speed Limit 

From 75 to 80 Miles Per Hour  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate voted Wednesday to change the speed limit on the state’s interstate highways.  House Bill 1475 would change the speed limit on some portions of North Dakota’s interstates from 75 miles per hour to 80 miles…
March 22, 2023

School Construction Assistance Fails 

Senators Say No to Two Bills  BISMARCK – It’s back to the cutting board for school districts in the state caught up in rising inflationary costs of construction projects.  Communities that passed bond issues – Minot, Rugby, Mandan, and West Fargo, had hoped to get some assistance from the state…
March 21, 2023

North Dakota Senate advances tax breaks for fracking 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  The North Dakota Senate passed a bill Monday that would give tax incentives to oil companies for "restimulating" old oil wells in the state through hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.  Fracking involves injecting high-pressure water deep underground to extract oil or gas…
March 21, 2023

Diaper Sales Tax Exemption Passes Senate 

North Dakota Senators Discuss Family Needs  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to exempt diapers from sales tax passed the North Dakota State Senate Monday.  House Bill 1177 seeks to exempt the purchase of children's diapers from the payment of sales tax. The bill received a Do Not Pass recommendation from…
March 20, 2023

Childcare Bills Fail House 

Monthly Payments for Workforce and Tax Credit  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Two bills relating to childcare have failed in the North Dakota State House.  Senate Bill 2301 would have created a childcare stabilization program to provide daycare centers with monthly payments based on their licensed capacity and the age of the…
March 20, 2023

Keeping an Eye on the Senate Floor 

Senate Sergeant at Arms  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The Dakotan interviewed a sergeant at arms for the North Dakota State House. Now it’s time to take a look at what it’s like on the Senate side.  Wayne Rogstad of Bismarck, Senate sergeant at arms, said his main job is similar to…
March 19, 2023

Fishing Tournament Fee Kerfuffle 

Senate Committee Hears Testimony  BISMARCK – Since 1984 the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has assessed state fishing tournaments a 10% conservation fee and required that 75% of entry fees be paid out to tourney competitors. A bill that passed the House, 90-2, asks for a change in Game…
March 17, 2023

“Plain Language” for Constitutional Measures Passes House 

Legislator Says Software Can Help Determine Readability Level  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill Thursday to require constitutional measures to read in plain language.  Senate Bill 2163 would require constitutional initiated measures to be written in plain, clear, and understandable language, which is defined in…
March 17, 2023

State Employee Third Plan Fails House 

Colonoscopy, Breast Pump, Contraceptive Coverage Struck  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A third option for state employee health insurance coverage was struck down by the North Dakota State House Thursday.  Senate Bill 2171 would have directed the Public Employees’ Retirement System board to develop a third option for state employee health insurance…
March 17, 2023

Deer Baiting Bill Heats Up

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee  BISMARCK – The bill that has elicited more written testimony than any other in the current session of the State Legislature, HB1151, was first on the agenda of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting Thursday. The bill seeks to prohibit the North…
March 17, 2023

Official State Firearm Fails House 

Controversy Over Winchester Model 1876 lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to designate the state’s official firearm failed the North Dakota State House Wednesday.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 4010 would have designated the Winchester Model 1876 as the official state firearm of North Dakota.  “The Political Subdivisions committee heard testimony that this…
March 16, 2023

Senate Kills Removal of Schools from Sports Betting 

Resolution Amendment Fails  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – An amendment to remove schools from the intent of a sports betting resolution failed in the North Dakota State Senate Wednesday.  House Concurrent Resolution 3002 would put on the November 2024 ballot a constitutional measure to allow sports betting in the state.  The Senate…
March 16, 2023

Curling Sweeps Through House 

Creates Official State Sport  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to make curling the official sport of North Dakota passed the State House Wednesday.  Senate Bill 2229 would designate curling as the official state sport of North Dakota.  Rep. Mike Motschenbacher, R-Dis. 47, Bismarck, pointed to other states that have official…
March 15, 2023

Cigar Bill Passes Senate 

Legislators’ Mixed Votes  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill Wednesday to allow cigar lounges in private businesses.  House Bill 1229, after Senate amendments, would allow private businesses to operate as a cigar lounge with certain regulations including a ventilation system. Cigar lounges are defined in…
March 15, 2023

Senate Moves to Expand Youth Hunting 

Extends Deer Season for Pre-Teens  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Young deer hunters may be given a longer hunting season due to the North Dakota State Senate’s vote Tuesday.  House Bill 1233, on line 18, would remove the wording that says 11, 12, and 13-year-olds may only hunt deer during youth hunting…
March 15, 2023

New Term Limits Pass House 

Constitutional Measure Proposed  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House has passed a resolution proposing changes to current term limits in the constitution that had been passed by voters in November.  Current term limits in Article XV of the constitution, passed by more than 63% of voters in November…
March 15, 2023

Sen. Cramer, on Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank 

MARCH 15, 2023  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the below statement on the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank and subsequent reactions by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation:  “The failures of Silicon Valley Bank…
March 15, 2023

Property Tax Elimination Fails Both Chambers 

State House and Senate Resolutions  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House killed a resolution Tuesday to put a measure on the ballot to eliminate property tax. The Senate defeated a resolution to put a measure on the ballot to eliminate property tax for schools.  House Concurrent Resolution 3024…
March 14, 2023

Reconsideration of Digital Currency Bill Fails Senate 

Proposed Change to the Definition of Money  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A North Dakota state senator attempted Monday to reconsider a bill in order to amend wording that excludes certain electronic currency.  House Bill 1082 is a bill that is over 100 pages, but much of the concern is on page…
March 14, 2023

House Moves to Change Rules for County Taxes 

Bill to Change 2011 Vote  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Legislature voted Monday to change rules for counties receiving Grant and Per Diem program funding.  Senate Bill 2162 would allow counties to continue to receive GPD funding without levying property tax by a total of 10 mills for…
March 13, 2023

Helping the Legislators 

Page at the Capitol  BISMARCK – As North Dakota State legislators race to get through hundreds of bills, there are some people of all ages stationed in the chambers to help them.  Alice Delzer, State House page, grew up in Hazelton and has lived in Mandan since the 1960s. After retiring…
March 12, 2023

Weather Forecast Sidelines Legislature 

Adjourn Early Due to Impending Storm   BISMARCK – With a blizzard projected to hit many parts of North Dakota, the State House adjourned after half an hour of session without voting on any of the scheduled bills for the 14th order where Senate bills are typically voted on. A picture…
March 10, 2023

House Knocks Down Oil Impact Studies on Environment 

Resolutions Pertaining to Fort Berthold  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Two resolutions pertaining to the impacts of oil on the environment on the Fort Berthold Reservation failed in the North Dakota State House Friday.  House Concurrent Resolution 3029 would have directed legislative management to study whether the Fort Berthold Reservation should have…
March 10, 2023

House Considers Cost of Demolishing State Hospital Buildings 

Sent to Appropriations Committee  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The legislature might spend five million dollars to tear down buildings after the North Dakota State House considered a bill from the Senate Thursday.  Senate Bill 2026, if passed, would appropriate one time funding of $5 million dollars, or however much may be…
March 10, 2023

Senate Kills House Gambling Exemption 

Bill Attempted to Exempt Poker Runs  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – An attempt by the North Dakota State House to exempt riding poker runs from charitable gambling laws was killed on the Senate side Thursday.  House Bill 1152 would have made an exception to charitable gambling laws for those who aid, organize,…
March 9, 2023

Charitable Gaming Site Fines Fail House

Bill Proposed Fines for Site Owners lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com BISMARCK – A bill to create fines for charitable gaming sites failed the North Dakota State House Wednesday. Senate Bill 2271 would have allowed the attorney general to fine charitable gaming site owners between $500 and $5,000 for not following charitable gaming laws.…
March 9, 2023

Senate Votes to Extend Moratorium of School Fund Balance 

Study on Impact of Ending Fund Balances  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate voted Wednesday to extend the moratorium of school districts no longer being required to spend all of the emergency funds given to them.  House Bill 1238 would extend the school district moratorium from July 1, 2023,…
March 9, 2023

Pay for Retired Police Dog Fails Senate 

Funds for K9 Medical Expenses   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Money for retired police dogs was voted down by the North Dakota State Senate Wednesday.  House Bill 1388 would provide funding to handlers that care for law enforcement canines after service of $1,000 a year for medical expenses for the rest of…
March 9, 2023

Senate Votes to Change Name of SIDS 

Says Term is Outdated and Vague  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate voted Wednesday to change a term commonly used for unknown deaths to an infant.  House Bill 1042 would change the term “sudden infant death syndrome” to “unexplained sudden death in an infant or child with or without…
March 8, 2023

Benefits for Veteran Spouses Pass Senate 

Tuition and Tax Breaks  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed Wednesday a bill to provide financial benefits to surviving spouses of deceased veterans.  House Bill 1212 would allow spouses of deceased veterans to have access to higher education tuition waivers, property tax credits, and breaks on vehicle…
March 8, 2023

Resolution Proposed to Change Term Limits  

Hearing Before House Committee  BISMARCK –A concurrent resolution that proposes changes to the North Dakota term limits initiated measure that passed with more than 63% of the vote in the November 2022 general election was the subject of a hearing Wednesday. HCR 3019 was one of the topics during a…
March 8, 2023

Property Tax Elimination Ballot Option Considered 

North Dakota Legislative Resolution Hearing    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A North Dakota legislative committee heard testimony on a concurrent resolution attempting to place the option of eliminating property tax on the November 2024 ballot.  The House Finance and Taxation committee heard Monday House Concurrent Resolution 3024, which, if passed, would…
March 6, 2023

Legislature Considers Naming Shortest Highway 

Highway 91 Near Harvey  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Legislature can be full of many complicated bills, but some are simple and lighthearted.  The House Political Subdivisions heard Senate Bill 2146 Friday. The bill would designate Highway 91 near Harvey as the shortest highway in North Dakota and…
March 3, 2023

Library, Citizens Discuss Book Legislation 

Meeting on How Books are Processed  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Two bills with the intent to keep certain books away from minors were discussed at length at a recent public meeting.  The Minot Public Library held a meeting this week to talk to citizens and parents about the process of how…
March 3, 2023

School Districts Seek Legislative Help 

Inflation Raises Construction Costs  MINOT – The cost of new school construction in Minot has risen dramatically since voters approved a bond issue to reconfigure an existing building into a new high school, make improvements to Magic City Campus and, to a lesser extent, Central Campus.  “When we passed that…
March 2, 2023

High Interest Outdoors Bills Head to Senate 

Deer baiting, fishing tourney fees  BISMARCK – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will no longer be allowed to impose a ban on the baiting of deer for hunting, if a bill that strode through the ND House of Representatives by a 76-18 version is also approved by the…
February 24, 2023

House Moves to Expand Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled 

Bill Sponsor: “It’s Not Good Enough”  MINOT – The North Dakota State House passed a bill Wednesday to provide property tax relief for more people who are disabled or over the age of 65.  House Bill 1211, after amendments, would raise the income thresholds of the homestead property tax credit…
February 23, 2023

Raw Milk Sales Passes House 

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill to allow sales of raw milk directly to consumers.  House Bill 1515 would allow farms to sell raw milk to consumers, though farms would still not be able to sell to wholesalers or retail stores for mass consumption. The…
February 23, 2023

Adoption Bill Passes House 

Bill to Appropriate Funds  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to appropriate funds for child-placing agencies for the sake of home studies passed the North Dakota State House.  Rep. Jay Fisher, R-Dis. 5, Minot, sponsored House Bill 1375 which appropriates $262,000 from the general fund not otherwise appropriated to the Department…
February 22, 2023

Flood Control, Flat Income Tax, and $5.5 Billion for Human Services Considered 

Bills to Cross Legislative Houses this Week  BISMARCK – Some significant spending bills have gone through the North Dakota State Senate, and an income tax bill through the House, with the crossover date approaching.  Senate Bill 2012, the largest spending bill for one agency, increased the Department of Health and…
February 22, 2023

Minot Legislator's Medicaid Bill Passes House 

Bill to Require Certain Services  BISMARCK – A bill to prioritize medical assistance coverage passed the North Dakota State House Monday.   Rep. Randy Schobinger, R-Dis. 40, Minot, sponsored House Bill 1530, which requires medical assistance coverage to include family adaptive behavioral treatment, dental screening, dental case management for specific populations,…
February 21, 2023

Property Tax Bill Passes Senate 

Provides Homestead Tax Credit  Senate Majority Leader David Hogue, R-Dis. 38, Minot, tells attendees at a recent legislative forum in Minot about the Senate’s passage of a bill to provide a Homestead Tax Credit. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)  MINOT – A bill to provide property tax relief passed the State…
February 20, 2023

Changes to State Political Parties Fails the House 

Bipartisan Vote  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House killed a bill Friday to make changes to the state political parties and their districts.  House Bill 1523 would have made several changes to district parties, including changing the reorganization of the district parties until after redistricting, and allow them to…
February 20, 2023

Record ND Budgets Proposed 

State Agencies Request Hefty Increases  BISMARCK – The crossover date for the North Dakota State Legislature is coming up on February 24, which means large spending bills will be coming out of both appropriations committees and will be considered on the House and Senate floors. Here’s what the legislators will…
February 18, 2023

One Transgender Bill Passes, One Fails 

ND Representatives Debate Contentious Issue  BISMARCK – Two contentious transgender bills were considered on the North Dakota State House floor Friday, with one bill passing and the other failing.  House Bill 1254 would create a class B felony for healthcare providers who perform transgender surgeries or give gender-affirming medication to…
February 17, 2023

Fishing Tourneys, Deer Baiting Tackled 

Lawmakers Seek Changes  BISMARCK – Two of the “hottest topic” bills involving outdoor issues were acted upon in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee late Thursday. Both bills have generated a great deal of interest from hunters and fishermen.  HB1538 proposed a revision to the way Game and Fish…
February 17, 2023

Eminent Domain Limitations Fail in ND Senate 

Legislators Discuss Property Rights  BISMARCK – Three bills limiting eminent domain failed in the North Dakota State Senate Thursday.  Senate Bill 2212 initially sought to remove the right of eminent domain for carbon dioxide pipelines. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Jeff Magrum, R-Dis. 8, Hazleton, attempted to amend his…
February 17, 2023

Adversary Land Ownership Bill Passes Senate 

North Dakota Senators Agree  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill Thursday prohibiting the land ownership of businesses based in countries that are listed as foreign adversaries by the federal government.  SB2371, if passed, would ban businesses headquartered in federally recognized adversary countries from acquiring land in…
February 16, 2023

Ban on Social, Emotional Learning Fails House 

Bill to Prohibit Teachers Informing Students of Emotional Worldview  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to ban social, emotional learning failed in the North Dakota State House Wednesday.  House Bill 1526 would have prohibited teachers from informing students’ worldview based on emotions. It also sought to prohibit them from measuring the…
February 16, 2023

Transgender Sports Bill Passes House 

BISMARCK – A bill to ban biological males from female sports passed the North Dakota State House Wednesday.   House Bill 1489 states “an athletic team or sport designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex.”  The bill passed by a vote of…
February 16, 2023

Party Hunting Bill Meets Opposition 

Committee recommends Do Not Pass  Legislators in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee said no to a bill Thursday that would have allowed a deer gun hunter kill deer for others in the field.  HB1377, the Party Hunting bill, proposed that any member of a deer hunting party of…
February 16, 2023

ND Senate Amends Anti-FuFeng Bill 

Prohibit Foreign Adversary Land Ownership  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to prohibit North Dakota land ownership by foreign adversaries such as FuFeng near Grand Forks, was amended on the State Senate floor Wednesday.  SB2371, if passed, would ban businesses headquartered in federally recognized adversary countries from acquiring land in North…
February 15, 2023

ND House Passes Harsher Penalties for Ballot Initiatives 

Two Bills on Ballot Measures   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to create penalties for willfully submitting invalid signatures for a ballot measure passed the North Dakota State House Tuesday.  House Bill 1230 seeks to create a fine for a chairman of a ballot measure initiative committee if the committee willfully…
February 15, 2023

School Security Debate on ND House Floor 

Bill Initially Sought to Incentivize Firearms as a Form of Safety  BISMARCK – A bill that came before the North Dakota State House initially seeking to increase school security and incentivize schools to include firearms as a part of their security was amended to require a report from schools on…
February 14, 2023

Changes Proposed to Deer Baiting Ban 

Includes CWD Task Force  BISMARCK – The presence of chronic wasting disease prompted the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to invoke a ban on hunter’s using bait piles to attract deer. CWD is a neurological disease known to be fatal for deer.   Game and Fish contends the practice of…
February 14, 2023

Election Denier Speaks in Minot 

Tells Theory of Possible Election Fraud   MINOT – Several North Dakota citizens heard a call to action Monday to look into the possibility of election fraud in their own state.  Surface electro-chemist Dr. Douglas Frank, Ohio and founder of the website FrankSpeech, speaking at Living Word Lutheran Church, went through…
February 14, 2023

How a North Dakota Legislative House Bill May Affect Audits like Williston School Findings

Auditor Responds to House Bill 1508 lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – A bill recently passed the North Dakota State House that may limit the abilities of the auditor’s office to uncover areas of concern such as the recent findings at Williston Public Schools’ district 1. State Auditor Josh Gallion recently responded on Facebook…
February 13, 2023

Auditor’s Office Says Williston Schools Findings is a Rare and High Amount

Superintendent Responds to 21 Areas of Concern BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Auditor’s office is saying the 21 areas of concern found in its audit at Williston Public Schools’ district 1 is a rare and high amount. On February 1, the North Dakota State Auditor’s office found 21 total…
February 13, 2023

Keeping the Legislature Orderly 

Sergeant at Arms  BISMARCK – There are some people at the North Dakota Capitol who have the tough job of monitoring the floor during the legislative session.  Roman Weiler, Mandan, has been a sergeant at arms for six legislative sessions, about 12 years. His job is to protect and assist…
February 12, 2023

Senate Votes to Allow Vehicle Charging Station Funds 

Legislators Consider Federal Dollars  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to allow federal funds for electric vehicle charging stations passed the North Dakota State House Friday.  SB2063 would allow the state to use the $25.9 million from the federal infrastructure act to install electric vehicle charging stations, after amendments and much…
February 11, 2023

Senate Passes Bills Relating to Parental Consent 

Legislators Address Gender Usage Bill  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed two bills relating to parental consent Friday.  SB2260 would prohibit a government entity from substantially burdening the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their child.  The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bob Paulson, R-Dis. 3, Minot,…
February 11, 2023

House Kills Paid Legislator Training 

Proposed Compensation  BISMARCK – A bill to compensate legislators for educational purposes failed in the North Dakota State House Thursday.   HB1395 would have provided each legislator with an account of up to $5,000 to compensate for online training, travel to national or regional conferences, and other expenses related to legislative…
February 10, 2023

Senate Passes Study of mRNA Vaccines 

Legislators Discuss Health Effects  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate narrowly passed a bill Thursday to study the effects of an mRNA vaccine such as the COVID vaccine.  SB2384 was initially a bill that gave a class A misdemeanor for any person who administered a vaccine developed using…
February 10, 2023

Senate Extends Membership Radius for Credit Unions 

Increase to 125 miles  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate narrowly passed a bill Thursday that increases the miles for the radius of membership for credit unions.  Senate Bill 2266 initially increased the radius of credit unions’ membership from 75 miles to 250 miles. Tthe committee amended it…
February 10, 2023

Infertility Coverage Defeated in House 

North Dakota Legislators Weigh Cost  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House defeated a bill Thursday that would have required the Public Employees Retirement System board to provide fertility treatment for public employees.  House Bill 1146 requires the PERS board to provide coverage for the diagnosis, treatment, and standard…
February 9, 2023

Outdoor Issues at State Legislature 

Party hunting, deer baiting, fishing tournament fees  BISMARCK – Two outdoor related bills were presented to the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, the most anticipated being HB1377 which would allow party hunting for deer. Currently each recipient of a deer license tag is required to harvest their own…
February 9, 2023

Election for Beef Commission Fails House 

Bill to Outline an Election Process    BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill Wednesday that provides an election process for members of the North Dakota Beef Commission.  House Bill 1436 would outline an election process for the membership of the North Dakota Beef Commission, so those…
February 9, 2023

House Passes Tax Break for Charity Owned Land 

Minot’s Trinity Hospital Discussed  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill Wednesday that exempts public charities from being taxed on undeveloped properties they own.  Receiving a 10-2 Do Not Pass recommendation in its committee, House Bill 1438 would exempt public charities from paying taxes on their…
February 9, 2023

Senate Defeats Harsher Penalty for Guns in Schools 

ND Legislators Discuss Second Amendment  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to raise the penalty for the possession of firearms in a public school failed the North Dakota State Senate Wednesday.  Senate Bill 2355 would have raised the penalty for the possession of firearms in a school or school-sponsored event on…
February 9, 2023

Insulin Copay Cap Passes Senate 

A Bill for North Dakota Public Employees’ Health Benefit Plan  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill that puts restrictions on insulin insurance for public employees passed the North Dakota State Senate Wednesday.  The carrier of Senate Bill 2140, Sen. Kristin Roers, R-Dis. 27, Fargo, described the bill as a mandate of…
February 8, 2023

NDGOP Reacts to State of the Union Speech 

Biden’s “Direct Attack” on North Dakotans  TRENTON – Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address:    “We not only heard Joe Biden completely mislead the American people about a radical economic agenda that has left us…
February 8, 2023

Eminent Domain Issue at Legislature 

Lawmakers at Minot Forum  MINOT – Two pieces of legislation aimed at revising the financial implications of eminent domain have been placed before both Senate and House lawmakers at the current session of the North Dakota legislature. Both bills would increase valuations for landowners.  “The bill in the House and…
February 6, 2023

Cigar Bill Detailed by Sponsor 

Seeks to Allow Cigar Bars and Lounges  MINOT – Opponents say the “cigar bill” under consideration at the current session of the ND Legislature is ill advised and goes against the state’s smoke free law enacted by a statewide initiated measure several years ago.  Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Dis 38, Minot,…
February 6, 2023

Showing People North Dakota's Tallest Building 

Working at the Capitol for Thirty-Six Years  BISMARCK – As complicated as the North Dakota legislative process can be, there are some people who have been working there for a long time that will give a helping hand.  Marsha Lembke, Bismarck, a legislative tour guide at the North Dakota State…
February 5, 2023

Senate Leader Addresses Livestock Bill, Property Tax Relief 

Sen. David Hogue, R-Dis. 38, Minot, Majority Leader  MINOT – A bill being scrutinized during the current session of the North Dakota legislature seeks to encourage large scale livestock and poultry operations in the state. Sen. David Hogue, R-Dis. 38, Minot, and Senate majority leader, explained the essence of HB…
February 4, 2023

Nonprofits Set up at Capitol 

NDANO Spreads Awareness  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Nonprofits work hard in North Dakota, in so many different ways, both to do what they do and bring awareness to it. One unique way they bring awareness is their advocacy at the state legislature.  With the legislature in session this year, several nonprofits…
February 3, 2023

Minimum Wage Increase Fails House 

North Dakota Legislature Kills Bill   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – An attempt to increase minimum wage failed in the North Dakota State House Friday.  House Bill 1507 would have increased the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour.  The bill failed by a vote of 80 to 13. 
February 3, 2023

Daycare Liability Resurfaces, Fails 

North Dakota State House Defeats Mandated Insurance  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A legislative bill that would require daycare providers to have liability insurance resurfaced in the North Dakota State House after failing Thursday, and failed again Friday.  House Bill 1298 would have mandated liability insurance for early childhood programs such as…
February 3, 2023

House Defeats Paid Family Leave 

North Dakota Legislators Debate  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House killed a bill Thursday to provide family leave for employees.  House Bill 1460 requested the labor commissioner to establish a division to administer a paid family leave program.   A video of the lengthy discussion can be found here. The…
February 3, 2023

House Defines Humans Rights

Bill Heads to Senate BISMARCK – A bill passed the North Dakota State House Thursday that defines human rights as superior to non-human rights. House Bill 1361 states an individual's rights are superior to environmental elements, artificial intelligence, animals, inanimate objects, corporations, or government entities. Supporters stated the purpose of…
February 3, 2023

House Defeats Diversity Funds Bill

Revolving Loan for Businesses Owned by Women, Veterans, Minorities BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House defeated a bill Thursday that would provide revolving loan funds to businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans. House Bill 1420 proposed that the Bank of North Dakota may provide a revolving loan fund…
February 3, 2023

Legislators Act to Reduce Years Required for Teacher Status 

ND House Approves Change from Thirty to Twenty Years  BISMARCK – The House voted Thursday to reduce the years required for a teacher to be eligible for a lifetime teaching license.  House Bill 1329 reduces the years for a teacher to receive a lifetime license from 30 years to 20…
February 2, 2023

Drug Price Study Fails Senate 

North Dakota Lawmakers Defeat Bill    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A bill to study the possibility of controlling of excessive prescription drug prices failed on the North Dakota State Senate floor Thursday.  Senate Bill 2031 would require the insurance commissioner to design and implement a prescription drug reference rate pilot program…
February 2, 2023

State Considers Exemptions for Private Education 

School Choice Bills Heard at Legislature  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – A legislative bill to reimburse private schools had a hearing Wednesday in the North Dakota House Education committee.  House Bill 1532 would require school districts to provide funds to private schools. It was heard in the House Education committee.  The bill sponsor, Rep.…
February 2, 2023

Legislative Bill on Cardiac Event Compensation 

Lawmaker Questions COVID Vaccine BISMARCK – The COVID-19 vaccine was questioned in the North Dakota State House chambers Wednesday in discussion of a bill that adjusts standards for the compensation provided for cardiac events of firefighters and law enforcement related to their occupation.  Rep. Jim Jonas, R-Dis. 13, West Fargo,…
February 1, 2023

Marijuana Bill Resurfaces, Fails 

Debate on North Dakota House Floor  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House narrowly defeated a bill Wednesday to allow the production and sale of edible, medical cannabis products.  House Bill 1202, which allows the sale of edible, medical cannabis products, requiring 63 votes to pass, was previously defeated…
February 1, 2023

ND Senate Votes for Oil, Gas Scholarships 

Reversal of Do Not Pass Recommendation  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate voted Tuesday to allow scholarships based on the oil and gas industry.  Senate Bill 2197 allows the state board of higher education to award a scholarship of up to $16,000 to an individual who has worked in…
February 1, 2023

Legislative Hit and Run 

ND Senate Passes Penalty for Damaged Property, Animals   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed Tuesday a bill to add any property or animals damaged by a vehicle to the hit and run laws.  Current law creates a class B misdemeanor for individuals who damage a vehicle and…
February 1, 2023

ND House Passes Bill Addressing Voting Systems 

Vote on Cannabis Bill, Pledge of Allegiance  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed Tuesday a bill addressing the state’s voting systems.   House Bill 1192 removes the word “electronic” from the century code relating to voting systems, so that all voting systems, electronic or not, must be tested. It…
January 31, 2023

Senate Moves to Clean Up Abortion Laws 

Debate in North Dakota Legislature  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed Tuesday a lengthy bill that its sponsor says cleans up current abortion laws.  The bill carrier and sponsor, Sen. Janne Myrdal, R-Dis. 19, Edinburg, described Senate Bill 2150 as a cleanup bill on laws that already exist…
January 31, 2023

Public Engages Legislators 

Forum Held in Minot  MINOT – The first of six scheduled Minot legislative forums gave citizens an opportunity to quiz area legislators, primarily on bills pending in the current session of the North Dakota legislature.  The format for the exchange between lawmakers and voters was simple, written questions only. Those…
January 31, 2023

Minot Related Legislative Bills 

State Legislature Considers Funds  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – With North Dakota’s general fund projected to increase around two billion dollars, the State Legislature has received billions of dollars in appropriation requests. Some of those funds are being considered for the City of Minot.  On many people’s minds is flood control. Senate…
January 30, 2023

North Dakota landowners at odds in carbon pipeline plans 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  North Dakota landowners testified for and against a carbon capture company's use of eminent domain Friday, as Summit Carbon Solutions moves forward in constructing a massive underground system of carbon dioxide pipelines spanning 2,000 miles across several states and under hundreds of people's…
January 28, 2023

Legislators Address Drag Shows

Bill Passes North Dakota House  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed Thursday restrictions on cabaret performances, which includes drag shows.  House Bill 1333 prohibits adult cabaret performances on public property and in the line of vision of a minor. The bill creates a class A misdemeanor for…
January 27, 2023

Minot Area Legislative Forums Begin This Weekend 

Six Scheduled For 2023   Minot – The Minot Area Chamber EDC Government Affairs Committee invites the community to engage with their local lawmakers at the first of six Legislative Forums to be held throughout the 68th Legislative Assembly.   WHAT: Legislative Forum   WHEN: Saturday, January 28 | 9:00 AM…
January 26, 2023

Cigar Lounges Pass North Dakota House  

Receives Majority Approval  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill that would allow businesses to have cigar bars and lounges.  A cigar bar, a place where people go to smoke cigars, is defined in the bill as a bar that generates two percent or more of…
January 26, 2023

House Defeats Senior Tax Relief 

North Dakota Property Tax Debate  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House defeated a bill Tuesday that would exempt those 65 years old and older from paying property tax.  House Bill 1380, which would eliminate property tax for homeowners 65 years old and older, failed in the House by…
January 25, 2023

North Dakota Hearings on Vaccine Bills 

Lengthy Committee Debate  BISMARCK – The North Dakota House and Human Services committee heard much testimony Monday on bills relating to vaccine transparency and mandates.  House Bill 1207 would require the Department of Health and Human Services to publish vaccine adverse events on its website.  The sponsor of the bill,…
January 24, 2023

Hot Topic: Deer Baiting Bill 

Hundreds Testify Pro and Con  BISMARCK – House Bill 1151 is perhaps the most talked about bill at this year’s session of the North Dakota State Legislature. It also may be shortest.  HB 1151 – Baiting deer for hunting not prohibited.  The department may not issue rules or adopt a…
January 24, 2023

House Passes Thanksgiving Alcohol Sales 

Narrow Vote in North Dakota Capitol  BISMARCK – North Dakota citizens might be allowed to buy and sell alcohol on Thanksgiving Day after the narrow House vote Friday.   Though on-premise sales are currently allowed, House Bill 1335 would change the North Dakota Century Code to allow off-sale transactions of alcohol.…
January 23, 2023

Curling Sweeps Through Senate

Proposed as official state sport lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill to make curling the official state sport Friday, filling the chambers with sports jokes and laughter.  Senate Bill 2229, which would make curling the state’s official sport, passed by a vote of 30 to…
January 20, 2023

LGBTQ people, allies dodge $1,500 fines in North Dakota 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  As more than a dozen states consider passing anti-transgender legislation this year, North Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill Friday that would have made people pay $1,500 each time they refer to themselves or others with gender pronouns different from the ones they were…
January 20, 2023

Term Limits Study Bill Sparks Discussion  

Senate Vote Unanimous BISMARCK – A bill to study the effects of term limits started a discussion in the North Dakota State Senate Thursday.  Citizens of North Dakota collected enough signatures to put term limits on last November's ballot, where it passed by a wide margin. The measure limits a…
January 20, 2023

Hearing on the Pledge of Allegiance 

North Dakota State House Committee  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Two bills on the Pledge of Allegiance were heard before a North Dakota State House committee Thursday.  The House Government and Veterans Affairs committee heard House Bill 1172, which would prohibit any executive officer or employee from altering the language of the…
January 19, 2023

Senate Expands Homeschooling Deadline, Raffle Days 

Income Tax Removed on Retirement Benefits for Law Enforcement   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill that would give more time to parents in registering in their school district for homeschooling their child.   Senate Bill 2167 changes the filing date from 14 days to five days…
January 19, 2023

Ban on Forced Abortion Passes North Dakota House 

Religion Questions on Floor  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a ban on coerced and forced abortions Wednesday with only one representative voting against it.  House Bill 1171 creates a class C felony for the coercion or forcing of abortion, passing the House Health and Human Services Committee…
January 18, 2023

Sen. Cramer Reacts to WOTUS  

WOTUS Definition Published in the Federal Register  BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishing a new definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) in…
January 18, 2023

Party Deer Hunting Proposed 

Legislators to Decide  BISMARCK – A bill that would allow deer hunters to shoot deer for others has been introduced in the North Dakota legislature.   Known as the “party hunting” bill, HB 1377 would allow hunting groups of up to 10 license holders to harvest 10 deer without regard to…
January 18, 2023

Large Increase for Agricultural Land Tax

2023 Ward County Valuations lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Farmers will see an increase in their taxes of almost seven percent due to the County Commissioners’ vote Tuesday. Noreen Barton, director of tax equalization, said she is required by the North Dakota Century Code to certify to the Commissioners each year the…
January 17, 2023

Upcoming Bills Before State Legislature 

Introduced by Republicans, Democrats  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Several interesting bills have been introduced in the current session of the State Legislature, with some that may be agreed upon by most lawmakers and some that may not.  Senator Bob Paulson, R-Dis. 3, Minot, introduced Senate Bill 2247, which would prohibit institutions…
January 16, 2023

House Defines Sex  

Senate Expands Anti-Explicit Image Law  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Much discussion and debate was had on the House floor Friday over the definition of male and female.  House Bill 1139, which defines sex, passed the House floor with a vote of 81 to 11.  The bill carrier, Representative Brandon Prichard, R-Dis.…
January 16, 2023

ND Legislature Mulls Bill Sponsorship 

Seeks State Employee Benefits Clarification   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – Several interesting bills are being introduced this session in the North Dakota Legislature.  Representative Nathan Toman, R-Dis. 34, Mandan, introduced House Bill 1285, which would require bills coming from the executive branch’s agencies or the judicial branch to be sponsored or requested…
January 13, 2023

Prison Product Bill Defeated 

Personal Use Sales Fail in North Dakota State House  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The sales of products built by state prison inmates sold to government agencies attempted to expand Thursday.  Currently, products made in the prison industry may be sold to government agencies. House Bill 1065 added state employees to the…
January 13, 2023

Sports Betting Resolution Passes North Dakota House 

Minot Representatives’ Mixed Speeches  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Sports betting may be a measure on the November 2024 ballot for citizens of North Dakota.  The House narrowly passed House Concurrent Resolution 3002 by a vote of 49 to 44. The resolution would put sports betting on the general election ballot as…
January 12, 2023

Property Tax Notice Reform Struck Down 

Fails in North Dakota House lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House struck down a Minot legislator’s version of property tax reform Wednesday.  Representative Larry Bellew, Dis. R-38, Minot and sponsor of House Bill 1126, described it as a reduction of the amount of assessment increase required to notify…
January 12, 2023

Committee Hearing on Flat Tax Rate 

Governor's Income Tax Plan Debated  BISMARCK – Not all were in agreement with Republican Governor Doug Burgum’s flat rate income tax plan Wednesday when it was heard in committee.  Burgum presented the plan, House Bill 1158, which is a one and a half percent flat tax rate, to the House…
January 11, 2023

Bill over abortion court leak struck down in North Dakota 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  Months after the unprecedented leak of the U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, lawmakers in North Dakota considered — and struck down — a bill to criminalize court leaks on Tuesday.  Introduced by the North Dakota Supreme Court, the…
January 11, 2023

ND Considers Legal Sports Betting Outside of Tribal Casinos 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  Amid ongoing efforts to legalize sports betting in North Dakota — and expand it beyond the tribal casinos, where it's already allowed — a House panel heard arguments Monday over a measure to let voters decide the issue next year.  "Passage of this…
January 10, 2023

North Dakota Files Lawsuit  

Sen. Cramer Cites Federal Government Overreach on State, Private Mineral Leasing Matters  BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley filing suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior for the…
January 9, 2023

North Dakota Legislators' Goals

Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – Lawmakers have over a week of legislative work under their belts, but still many more to go. A few legislators shared their goals for this session. Representative Matt Heilman, R-Dis. 7, Bismarck, is one of the many new members this session and only…
January 9, 2023

First Official Legislative Day 

Gaveling in Session  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The legislature began its first day of session Tuesday, preceding a light work week for lawmakers The intensity of the work is projected to increase throughout the next few weeks.  Largely ceremonial, Tuesday began with a Tribal-State relationship and State of the Judiciary message…
January 3, 2023

Legislative Council Prepares 

Upcoming Session Looking Full    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Lawmakers are often at the forefront of legislative sessions, but behind the scenes several people work to make it happen.  John Bjornson, director of legislative council, said Monday there’s an extensive number of tasks needed to be done to prepare for session. …
January 2, 2023

Sen. Cramer on $1.7 Funding Bill 

This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed a $1.7 trillion government funding bill. It now heads over to the House of Representatives for final passage. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, released the following statement:   “I continue to oppose the utter dysfunction of Congress. Ramming through must-pass bills like this omnibus spending package…
December 22, 2022

Burgum appoints Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller to serve as lieutenant governor 

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the appointment of Governor’s Office Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller, former CEO of Border States, to succeed Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford as lieutenant governor of North Dakota. Miller begins her new role on Jan. 3.  Miller has served as chief operating officer in the Governor’s…
December 20, 2022

Sen. Cramer Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement after Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford announced his resignation:  “Kris and I thank Lieutenant Governor Sanford for his work for and dedication to our great state during the past six years. Brent’s long and decorated career in public service took…
December 20, 2022

Lt. Gov. Sanford Resigns 

Gov. Burgum to appoint successor  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford announced Tuesday he will resign Jan. 2, citing a desire to return to the private sector and focus on his family and career.  Gov. Doug Burgum, in a statement, said Sanford "has made a positive impact on…
December 20, 2022

North Dakota annual sessions may gain traction with term limits

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers for decades have consistently rebuffed attempts to hold annual regular Legislative sessions, arguing that doing so would grow government and turn lawmaking into a full-time job. But with voter-approved term limits now on the books, the idea of having…
December 13, 2022

North Dakota Proposed Bills Addressing Transgender Surgeries 

Freshman Legislator Introduces Ideas lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK — Some legislators are drafting bills that would address transgender surgeries on minors. Representative Brandon Prichard, R-Dis. 8, Bismarck, is planning to sponsor a bill that would provide a civil penalty to such surgeries, wherein the person that was affected by the surgery could…
December 9, 2022

Legislators Wrap Up Orientation

What they Expect for Upcoming Session lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – Legislators finished up a three-day organizational session Wednesday, and some in the leadership told The Dakotan what they expect for the upcoming legislature starting in January. The election in November brought in a large amount of turnover for this year’s legislature.…
December 8, 2022

Gov. Burgum unveils record $18.4B proposed state budget 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday unveiled a proposed $18.4 billion budget that increases state spending by more than 3% and includes $3 billion in infrastructure funding, and increases workforce development funding and public employee salaries.  The second-term Republican governor's…
December 7, 2022

Rallying Against the Great Reset 

Small Gathering at the Capitol  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – As legislators readied themselves this week with orientation for the upcoming session, one group rallied Tuesday to bring awareness to what they believe to be a global threat.  Sebastian Ertelt, Lisbon, former state legislator and primary organizer of the rally, called it…
December 7, 2022

Fjeldahl Elected Chair

Olson Takes His Seat lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Commissioner John Fjeldahl was elected chairman of the Ward County commission Tuesday. Fjeldahl was nominated by Commissioner Howard Anderson, and won a silent ballot vote of 3-2, though he himself nominated previous Chairman Jim Rostad. Rostad nominated Commissioner Shelly Weppler for the vice…
December 6, 2022

North Dakota lawmakers to organize for 2023 Legislature 

Return to Capitol City  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers will return to Bismarck next week to prepare for the 2023 Legislature, where they will lobby for prime committee assignments and get briefings on legislative procedures and ethics.  The three-day organizational session that begins Monday also includes such mundane…
December 1, 2022

Minoter Makes History

David Hogue to Lead Senate
November 21, 2022

Minoter Makes Legislative History 

David Hogue is Senate Majority Leader  MINOT – David Hogue, R-District 38, was elected Senate Majority Caucus Leader by fellow legislators on the evening of November 14 at the State Capitol, making Hogue the first Minot resident ever elected to the position according to the N.D. Legislature website. Records on…
November 21, 2022

Chairman Discusses Term Limits, Legislative Session 

ND Legislature begins in January  MINOT – North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved passage of Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 1 in the November 8 election. The measure places limits on the amount of time the governor or legislators can serve.  Ward County voters voiced their approval with a 59% yes vote.…
November 19, 2022

Government Should Not Be Involved in the Marriage Business 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement after voting in opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act:   “Today’s vote is the first step leading to the normalization of religious discrimination, and it’s a bridge too far. The Respect for Marriage Act opens up religious institutions and non-profits…
November 17, 2022

Minoter Chosen to Senate Leadership 

North Dakota GOP lawmakers elect House, Senate floor leaders  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New House and Senate leaders have been elected by Republican majorities in the North Dakota Legislature.  Sen. David Hogue, a Minot lawyer, and Rep. Mike Lefor, a Dickinson businessman, were chosen Monday night to serve two-year leadership…
November 15, 2022

County Commission Shuffle 

Olsons gains commissioner seat  MINOT – Jason Olson is the newest member of the Ward County Commission. Olson, Minot, and John Fjeldahl, Berthold, were the top two vote getters in Tuesday’s election for two spots on the commission.  Fjeldahl and Olson each received 29% of the vote, 8.318 to 8,253.…
November 9, 2022

New City Councilman

Burlingame Bests Streyle for Unexpired Term MINOT – Scott Burlingame defeated Roscoe Streyle in Tuesday’s election, ending Streyle’s brief time on City Council. Streyle was appointed to the council in July to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Tom Ross. Ross vacated his council seat after winning the mayoral race. …
November 9, 2022

North Dakota voters OK term limits for governor, legislators 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Voters in North Dakota on Tuesday approved term limits for their governor and state legislators after a campaign largely funded by an outside term limits group and boosted within the state by far-right conservatives.  The ballot measure adds an article to…
November 9, 2022

Complete Election Results 

ND Secretary of State website  The latest election returns for North Dakota can be found at:   Secretary of State | (nd.gov) 
November 8, 2022

Election Day Voter Turnout

Polling sites busy MINOT – Activity appeared to be brisk at two polling locations in the city this Election Day, but the total number of voters filling out ballots won’t be known until after the polls close at 7 p.m. At mid-morning at the State Fair Center one poll worker…
November 8, 2022

North Dakota sees advertising, campaign blitz before vote 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of crisscrossing the state stumping everywhere from tiny town cafes to big city venues, North Dakota's U.S. House candidates were making a final push Monday attempting to garner voter support mostly through social media and television and radio interviews…
November 7, 2022

Election Day Information 

Where, when to vote MINOT – Here is election information for eligible Ward County voters.   2022 GENERAL ELECTION- NOVEMBER 8TH Early Voting: Monday, Nov. 7th from 10am-6pm @ Ward County Administration Building  Election Day Vote Centers 7am-7pm:   *Ward County Voters can vote at any of the centers*    >State Fair Center (Minot) 2005…
November 7, 2022

Large Turnout at Dakota Patriot Rally 

Decorated speaker delivers strong message  MINOT – What was promoted as an evening to join fellow patriots proved to be a very large gathering at the State Fair Center Thursday evening. The Dakota Patriot Rally featured Lt. Col. Daniel MacArthur Gade as the featured speaker.  Gade was born in Minot…
November 4, 2022

Letter Supporting Term Limits 

Election Day November 8  A YES vote on Measure 1 will be good for North Dakota. It would apply an 8-year term limit to the ND Governor, and members of the State House and State Senate.  Term limits improve citizen access to the process, encourage more candidates to run, and increase…
November 4, 2022

North Dakota: What to expect on election night 

By The Associated Press   Tuesday's ballot offers some intrigue for North Dakotans in the reliably red state — from late congressional entries by independent candidates to term limits and marijuana legalization.  North Dakotans will decide whether to endorse changing the state constitution to limit the terms of the governor…
November 3, 2022

Sen. Cramer Sounds Off on Biden’s Energy Policy 

Views on Possible Senate Majority  News release: BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined Larry Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent calls for a windfall tax on energy companies. He also discussed a strategy to increase…
November 3, 2022

North Dakota County Elections 

Races Outside Ward County  By Kim Fundingsland and Lydia Hoverson  kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT -- Some counties in the Ward County area have contested races this election, giving voters decisions to be made within the next week. Absentee and early voting is underway with Election Day November 8.  McHenry County  Two…
November 2, 2022

Election Enthusiasm 

Expected voter turnout   MINOT – Election Day is November 8, but absentee and early voting is already underway. Given the political atmosphere across the country, many might expect larger than usu