BISMARCK -- As the gun control debate heats up nationally, North Dakota legislators look to create their own firearms laws that could let teachers and municipal judges carry concealed weapons and thwart proposed federal restrictions. Rep. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, has proposed legislation that would forbid a state government entity, such as a county sheriff, from assisting a federal agency in the investigation, enforcement and prosecution of a federal firearms law that was not in effect as of January 1.
BISMARCK -- University of North Dakota leaders were hoping Tuesday to convince legislators that the most expensive option for expanding its medical school would be the best value for the state. The UND representatives spoke to the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide details about Senate Bill 2003, the University System's proposed budget, and highlight the need for a $124 million medical facility rather $68 million expansion favored by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
BISMARCK -- The commanding officer of the USS North Dakota took to the House podium for a rare address to the state legislature Friday afternoon. Cmdr. Douglas V. Gordon, spoke to a room full of legislators about the submarine and it's impact it will have on the U.S. Navy fleet after it is christened this fall and commissioned in 2014. Gordon's speech coincided with Gov. Jack Dalrymple's proclamation that Friday was USS North Dakota Day, "a day that honors the second ship in the U.S.
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BISMARCK -- North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle said Wednesday that one new judge describes the state's strained judicial system as "conveyor-belt justice." VandeWalle told a joint session of the Legislature during his State of the Judiciary address that the system has "increased efficiencies but cutting corners comes at the cost of serving the public." The largest challenge the state is facing is the rapid population growth that has come with the oil boom. VandeWalle said a 15-minute court hearing is a luxury with the amount of casework judges are hearing across the state.
BISMARCK -- Representatives speaking on behalf of the 48,000 students in the North Dakota University System would like to see limits to increases in mandatory student fees, an area where colleges have been criticized for lack of oversight. "Fees are the one part of what students pay to go to school they get most upset about," University of North Dakota junior Johan Mahlum said during a legislative hearing Wednesday.