There seems to have been a double standard during the 2011 North Dakota Special Legislative Session. Senate Bill 2371 the flood disaster bill contained a section that did not pertain to North Dakota flooding issues.
It is hard to understand why Section 28, appropriating $1 million for possible litigation to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency if it attempts to regulate hydraulic fracturing, wasn’t required to go through the Delayed Bills Committee as a standalone bill in the same manner as a bill to amend 52-06-02 relating to unemployment insurance eligibility in the case of a lockout.
History is not favorable for hourly wage workers when it comes to legislation improving their rights. Of the 141 legislators, 44 percent are business, 24 percent retirees and 21 percent farmers/ranchers. The remaining 11 percent include five lawyers, five teachers, two doctors, two firefighters and one hourly wage worker.
Our generation has no idea of the hardship our forefathers had to endure to get laws passed so that workers have rights. Hourly wage workers will continue to have their rights eroded unless they get involved.
Kevin Herrmann, Beulah