BISMARCK — Education, health and law enforcement officials voiced concerns Monday about a bill that would limit the collection and sharing of data on North Dakota school students, saying it could threaten practices ranging from gathering information on registered sex offenders to identifying students on the honor roll. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, said the bill basically enshrines in state law the types of data that are already being collected and prohibits expanding the list without approval from lawmakers.
BISMARCK — Backers of a proposed conservation fund are shining the spotlight on North Dakota’s second-to-last ranking in state park acreage and the fact it hasn’t added a new state park since the 1980s as examples of why the growing state needs to spend more on parks and recreation.
BISMARCK — A flurry of construction activity in North Dakota generated more than 1 million requests to locate underground utilities last year, and state regulators are increasingly digging in their heels when contractors violate the state’s call-before-you-dig law.
BISMARCK — If the North Dakota Industrial Commission decides not to act on a proposed “extraordinary places” policy Monday, it won’t be because of a lack of public input. The three-member commission has received more than 500 letters and emailed comments on the proposal since delaying a decision at its Jan. 29 meeting to allow for more feedback. “I’ve been inundated with calls, a few emails, messages. Every time I seem to be at some public event, I’m being pulled aside and people are talking to me,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who sits on the commission with Gov.