BISMARCK -- Lawmakers are discussing a resolution that would let voters decide to change and delete language in the state constitution about the North Dakota's public universities. House Concurrent Resolution 3008, heard Wednesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee, proposes to take out the old names and missions of the eight universities that existed when the State Board of Higher Education was created under the constitution in 1938. Those schools would be included, with their updated names, plus three more recently created institutions, in an amendment to the constitution.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota voters could determine whether or not to keep a statewide property tax that helps fund the University of North Dakota Medical School. If House Concurrent Resolution 3007 is passed by the Legislature, voters would decide the mill levy's fate during the 2014 general election. A "yes" vote would end the levy, which provided about $2.5 million for the medical school in 2012. The resolution's sponsor, Rep.
BISMARCK -- Despite arguments that a significant proposed change to the North Dakota voting process was not given enough attention by a House committee, the House on Tuesday passed an amendment that would require voters to show identification before casting a ballot. The amendment would require all voters to present a valid ID before they cast their ballot during a primary or general election.
BISMARCK -- After two years of rapid economic and population growth that lead to a $1.6 billion state surplus, the state is beginning to see signs that it is leveling off. The Office of Management and Budget told lawmakers Tuesday the state is projected to see just more than $45 million less in state revenues during the 2013-15 biennium than what was originally forecasted, but an additional $41 million the state will gain this biennium should help offset the loss.
BISMARCK -- Legislation passed by the North Dakota House of Representatives Friday would prohibit abortions if a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus or because of the gender or genetic abnormalities. Rep. Kathy Hawken, R-Fargo, warned House members about the bills, both sponsored by Rep. Betty Grande, R-Fargo. "With these bills we know we're going to court, they are all going to court," said Hawken, who voted against the bills.
BISMARCK -- Hamid Shirvani, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, said Thursday, "if the Legislature doesn't want me to have an office space, that is fine, there are so many important issues to work on." Shirvani was testifying in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee to address concerns from committee members over the "chancellor's suite" that was added to the floor plan of a joint information technology building on the University of North Dakota campus.
BISMARCK -- Zachariah Roe was coaching debate at Fargo North High School in 2010 when he decided to change his sexual identity to match how he truly felt inside. Roe changed his name to Riah Roe and began to alter his physical appearances to look more like a woman. In the process, Roe met with his employers to inform them about the change. "It took eight days for them to replace me," Riah Roe said Wednesday.
BISMARCK -- Democratic lawmakers are using milk cartons to collect change at their desks to help fund a school milk program that was voted out of committee Tuesday with a do not pass recommendation. Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, who organized the milk carton fundraiser, said they plan to donate any money raised to a local school. "Instead of spending time spewing rhetoric about policy, we are going to take matters into our own hands," he said. House Bill 1421, sponsored by Rep.
BISMARCK -- In 2006, the North Dakota funding system for public schools was perceived as so unfair, that school districts filed a lawsuit against the state demanding it be changed. Tuesday, Gov. Jack Dalrymple called a new proposal to fund K-12 education a significant piece of history in state education funding reform that will provide true equity, adequacy and tax relief for North Dakotans. "This completes the task of achieving equity in school funding in North Dakota," he said.
BISMARCK -- State lawmakers and the University of North Dakota's president are questioning the authority of the state's University System to use part of a new information technology building to create office space for the chancellor. The Legislature in 2011 approved $12.5 million from the state's general fund for a joint building between the University System and UND, to consolidate University System IT personnel, who are currently sprawled throughout multiple buildings on the Grand Forks campus and in Fargo and Bismarck. The issue was raised by UND President Robert Kelley in a Jan.