BISMARCK -- North Dakota public university students have no confidence in state University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and would like to see the State Board of Higher Education remove him from his post. The North Dakota Student Association, representing more than 48,000 public university students, made it clear Saturday morning that Shirvani's behavior and handling of the 11 public universities over the past seven months conflicts with the State Board of Higher Education's core values.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota law enforcement may soon be required to obtain a search warrant in order to use an unmanned aircraft system, or drone, for civilian surveillance purposes. House Bill 1373, which requires a warrant for drone surveillance of personal or business property within the state, was sent to the Senate Friday. The bill was introduced by Rep.
BISMARCK -- This year's high school graduates might be able to receive more scholarship money through the state's Merit Based Scholarship program. Senate lawmakers passed Senate Bill 2222 unanimously Friday, which would appropriate $3.7 million for the 2013-15 biennium and $8.8 million for the 2015-17 biennium. The bill would raise the amount of money per student from $750 to $1,250 per semester and raise the program's maximum allowance from $6,000 to $10,000.
BISMARCK -- Students from North Dakota's public universities will decide today whether they support the University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. Delegates from the 11 schools will meet in the Student Union at Bismarck State College during a regular meeting to discuss matters relative to the University System. The students will address frustrations students and state lawmakers have with decisions made by Shirvani. Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, plans to offer an amendment on the Senate floor to Senate Bill 2003, Gov. Jack Dalrymple's proposed University System budget.
BISMARCK -- Lawmakers are discussing a bill that would allow an individual with a suspended driver's license to obtain a temporary license sooner from the Department of Transportation.
BISMARCK -- Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that Republicans need to focus on reducing property taxes for North Dakotans rather than cutting income and corporate taxes. House Finance and Taxation Chair Rep. Wes Belter, R-Fargo, said the claim is, "political rhetoric." "We have been focused on constructive tax policy," Belter said after Democrats held a news conference.
BISMARCK -- More than 150 lawmakers, veterans and state leaders said "welcome home" Thursday morning to the country's recent Medal of Honor recipient. Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, 31, of Minot, received the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama on Feb. 11. Romesha was awarded the medal for his actions in 2009 while serving as a section leader during combat operations against an armed enemy in Afghanistan. Gov.
BISMARCK -- Lawmakers hope to deter a culture in the state that some believe perpetuates drinking -- especially underage drinking -- in North Dakota. They hope to do so with House Bill 1458, which would create minimum mandatory penalties for individuals who supply alcohol to a minor, and minors who use fake identifications. The House chamber sent the bill to the Senate with a 61-33 vote Wednesday. Current law states maximum sentences, which judges have the ability to decrease. The bill would require a judge to impose the minimum penalty plus any others they may see fit.
BISMARCK -- The House Appropriations Committee recommended against a bill that would require a drug test for individuals benefitting from a federal welfare program. House Bill 1338 is asking for $595,828 for the upcoming biennium to cover the costs of testing those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. From that money, $15,000 would be used for the actual drug tests of an estimated 6 percent of new enrollees assumed to have a history of drug use.
BISMARCK -- A group of 23 insurance, medical, family and religious organizations have signed onto a pledge supporting the state's expansion of Medicaid, and are calling on the Legislature to enact the federal program. "The bottom line is that if North Dakota does not expand Medicaid coverage, our residents will be subsidizing expansion in other states without receiving the benefit of additional federal funding for our own uninsured population," the document states.