Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler is assembling a task force to study other standardized testing options for K-12 students.
HEIMDAL, N.D. – Railroad tracks where an oil train derailed Wednesday in central North Dakota had been inspected by BNSF Railway a day earlier and by the Federal Railroad Administration about three months before the fiery derailment, an FRA spokesman said Friday. “Neither of those inspections noted any defects or violations,” Kevin Thompson said.
BISMARCK – With the possibility of a special session still looming, North Dakota lawmakers will soon turn their gaze toward more than 100 studies that were approved for consideration before they adjourned a week ago. Legislative Management, which serves out various functions of the Legislative Assembly between its regular sessions every other year, will meet May 27 to begin prioritizing interim studies.
BISMARCK – A soaring symbol of the strong ties between the United States and Canada is showing signs of weakness, and North Dakota lawmakers approved money this week to demolish it. The state Parks and Recreation Department’s budget for 2015-17 includes $200,000 to raze the crumbling concrete Peace Tower at the International Peace Garden on the border north of Dunseith in north-central North Dakota.
BISMARCK – As lawyers and lawmakers try to figure out the next step for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System budget that was left unfinished when the Legislature adjourned Wednesday, the system’s executive director said it’s business as usual. “As far as our members are concerned, we’re telling them they shouldn’t be concerned,” Sparb Collins said Thursday. “Things will continue to move forward as they are today.”
A last-minute amendment to the Office of Management and Budget bill inserts revised language from defeated Senate Bill 2222 requiring the Legislative Council to maintain a record of requests.
Dem-NPL leader say lawmakers rushed an oil tax cut, and unfinished business won't be forgotten.
BISMARCK – State lawmakers adjourned Wednesday without passing their final bill , setting up the possibility of a special session to resolve differences in the budget bill for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s veto of a bill that would have barred the governor from considering money from the state’s Legacy Fund in spending proposals will stand, after the Senate refused Tuesday to vote on whether to override the veto.
Updated Monday, 6:30 p.m. BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers agreed Monday to spend more than $500,000 on a rail safety pilot program proposed in the wake of a fiery oil train derailment near Casselton in 2013, with some saying it doesn’t go far enough.