BISMARCK -- Some lawmakers want the state to review executive orders enacted by the president of the United States that are not voted upon by Congress. House Bill 1428 addresses the president's constitutional ability to use an executive order, which Rep. David Monson, R-Osnabrock, said is used too often to enact policies that wouldn't otherwise be passed by Congress. "It is getting to the point where it's almost scary, we have seen way too much use and abuse of executive orders," he told the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota University System staff member says Chancellor Hamid Shirvani presented misleading information to legislators to make two college presidents look bad. Linda Baeza Porter, interim system office liaison officer for reporting and information, said Wednesday that Shirvani purposely compared the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University to larger schools such as the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota to point out disparities rather than making comparisons to more similar-sized schools.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple's signature on what would be among the strictest abortion laws in the country could cost the state hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars defending the laws in court. Activists favoring legalized abortion say the pending laws in North Dakota would likely put the state into a lawsuit, arguing that they violate the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v.
BISMARCK -- House lawmakers shot down a proposal to change the state's oil tax structure, a bill many were worried would have threatened the long-term financial impact of oil production. Senate Bill 2336 would have ended a series of 10 tax incentives in the tax structure intended to help draw oil companies to the state and maintain their viability, while lowering the oil extraction tax from 6.5 percent to 4.5 percent for new wells built after 2017. The measure would have increased state revenues by $4.2 million in the 2013-15 biennium since the 10 incentives would have been closed.
BISMARCK -- Supporters of early childhood education urged a House Committee on Wednesday to provide state funding for grants that will support and create preschool programs around the state. Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Bismarck, sponsor of Senate Bill 2229, along with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, and early childhood teachers, hope the House Education Committee will provide some state funding to help after it stripped the funding from a House version of the proposal.
BISMARCK -- State officials took stands against two gun-related bills Tuesday. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem urged lawmakers to defeat legislation that he says would pit local and federal law enforcement against one another; while Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler testified against allowing concealed weapons in public schools. Stenehjem told the Senate Judiciary Committee that House Bill 1183, which would prohibit state law enforcement from enforcing any new federal firearm law passed after Jan.
BISMARCK - Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday a Senate proposal has been turned into a comprehensive bill to tackle campaign finances and address a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on political contributions. Senate Bill 2299, sponsored on behalf of the Secretary's office by Sen. Larry Luick, R-Fairmount, seeks to expand campaign contribution reporting requirements and provide the secretary's office with more information.
BISMARCK -- A former highway patrolman turned legislator sees a big difference in the effect of a $5,000 fine over a $500 fine for drinking and driving. Rep. Ed Gruchalla, D-Fargo, said Thursday that he's not pleased with the amendments added to Senate Bill 2240 that decreased the bill's $5,000 mandatory fine for a first-time DUI offense down to $500. The current fine for a first-time DUI offense is $250. Gruchalla, a co-sponsor of the bill, has been pushing stiffer penalties for first-time DUI offenders, an idea some think will deter many from drinking and driving.
BISMARCK -- Senate lawmakers on Thursday sent a bill to the House that would bar future locked out workers from receiving unemployment benefits. After a rousing floor debate, the measure, under House Bill 1112, passed by a 32-14 vote. If passed by the House, state law will add locked out workers to a list of other labor disputes that don't qualify for benefits. The bill does not affect benefits to American Crystal Sugar Co. employees that the state Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Senate will decide the fate of a bill that could protect residents from the surveillance of unmanned aircraft, but some say it will harm the chances for a test site for drones near Grand Forks. A Senate committee Wednesday sided with safety and the test site after the House came down on the side of individual privacy. Republican Rep.