Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – The most in-depth audit to date of the computer network that supports North Dakota’s state government found a “fundamental weakness” in the Information Technology Department’s inability to deploy...
BISMARCK — North Dakota voters will decide in November whether to raise taxes on tobacco products for the first time since 1993, including a fivefold increase in the cigarette tax that sponsors of the ballot measure hope will motivate adults to quit smoking and prevent young people from starting. Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Wednesday that 21,698 of the 22,840 signatures that sponsors submitted in early July were accepted as being qualified. Sponsors needed 13,452 signatures to place the proposed change in state law on the Nov. 8 ballot.
BISMARCK — A judge Tuesday threw out criminal charges against the head of North Dakota's largest state agency who was accused of impeding the investigation into the swimming-related death of a 5-year-old girl, but left open the possibility that the charges could be brought back. Northeast District Judge Donovan Foughty dismissed the misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to obstruct a government function and refusing to perform a public duty filed in February against Department of Human Services Executive Director Maggie Anderson.
BISMARCK – Opponents of new rules that allow for disposal of oilfield waste with higher levels of radioactivity in North Dakota made emotional pleas to the State Health Council in...
BISMARCK — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat has fired his campaign consultants after racking up more than $50,000 in debt and is "going it alone" until the November election, he said Monday. Chase Iron Eyes, a Fort Yates attorney and American Indian activist who is challenging a two-term incumbent in Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, reported $30,866 in cash on hand and $53,378 in campaign debt on his April-through-June quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's top agriculture official warned Monday that training provided by the Humane Society of the United States on how to handle animal cruelty cases poses a threat to the state's livestock industry, but an HSUS spokesman said that's untrue and trainers are only going where invited. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said he believes the Humane Society's intentions behind the training "are misleading as they have a long history as an animal rights activist organization with the intention of ending animal agriculture."
BISMARCK — After dealing with the fallout from a budget forecast that has missed the revenue mark by nearly $1.4 billion, North Dakota legislative leaders said Thursday they plan to propose reforms next session aimed at preventing similar situations in the future. Lawmakers got their first look Thursday morning at projected revenues for next biennium, just minutes after adjourning from special session to balance a projected $310 million shortfall in the current 2015-17 budget.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill plugging a projected $310 million budget shortfall, bringing an end to a three-day special session. The House voted 82-8 to approve the bill, which solves the shortfall by recognizing a 2.5 percent, $152 million across-the-board cut to general fund agencies ordered by Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday, and by spending the remaining $75 million from the rainy-day Budget Stabilization Fund and up to $100 million in profits from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.
BISMARCK — Senate Democrats made impassioned pleas Wednesday for restoring funds cut from drug addiction treatment, property tax relief and social services programs, but Republicans citing the state's bleak budget outlook rejected all three amendments before the chamber unanimously passed a bill to solve North Dakota's projected $310 million revenue shortfall.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple opened a special session of the Legislature on Tuesday urging more belt-tightening as lawmakers attempt to remedy a $309.5 million budget shortfall with a combination of agency cuts and fund transfers. "We know our state economy will improve as commodities cycle back up again, and as our economy grows we will be able to once again build up budget reserves," Dalrymple told House and Senate members in a joint session. "But for now, belt-tightening is the order of the day."