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BISMARCK -- Days after passing the North Dakota Senate, the bill for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library has hit a snag over constitutionality. House Speaker Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, expressed concerns over the bill — built from amendments that replaced a water project bill — from a provision of the state Constitution that says: "No bill may be amended on its passage through either house in a manner which changes its general subject matter."
BISMARCK — Marsy's Law may see its first clarification of who is a victim as the North Dakota Supreme heard arguments on Thursday, April 18, on restitution to an insurance company. North Dakota voters in 2016 embedded Marsy's Law for victim rights in the state Constitution. Police and prosecutors have since grappled with the constitutional amendment, some withholding traditionally public information and certain details of crimes amid perceived ambiguity over the definition of a victim.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday, April 17, signed a bill redesigning North Dakota's county social services into as many as 19 multi-county "human service zones." The bill continues the state's takeover of the cost of social services, which lawmakers have lauded for its property tax relief while sharing resources and preserving services within a region.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate has approved a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library at Medora, thus clearing a hurdle for Gov. Doug Burgum's biggest push this legislative session. Senators on Wednesday, April 17, voted 34-13 on the bill built from amendments brought by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. The governor had proposed using $50 million in Legacy Fund earnings to fund an endowment for the library to be built from $100 million in donations.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate may vote Wednesday, April 17, on a proposal for Gov. Doug Burgum's vision of a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library — but after some considerations. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, April 16, gave the library proposal a 4-2 "do-pass" recommendation after shuffling unrelated legislation between two bills, essentially housing the library in one bill with its previous legislation moved to another. Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, who chairs the committee, said the bill may reach the Senate floor on Wednesday.
BISMARCK — A former North Dakota lawmaker has been elected again as the Democratic-NPL party chair, the Bismarck Tribune reported .
BISMARCK — Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, says a salad from a lobbyist won't ever influence him. "Nor a steak," the longtime legislator said. House and Senate ethics committees are nearing the end of work on two bills in the session's final days to implement provisions of Article XIV of North Dakota's Constitution, brought by a 54 percent majority of votes on Measure 1 in 2018.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday, April 10, signed a bill allowing mostly rural schools in North Dakota to develop a plan for an "armed first responder," the Bismarck Tribune reported . Former Burleigh County Sheriff and current Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck, brought House Bill 1332 after a similar bill failed in the 2017 session.
BISMARCK — Rep. Bill Tveit, R-Hazen, said Tuesday he'd received 232 emails about Senate Bill 2315, the so-called "trespass bill." By Wednesday, he couldn't even guess. "The number has grown, but I've lost count," Tveit said.
BISMARCK — Landowners and the sculptor of the Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota have settled a dispute involving liability and the lease related to the statuary road's flagship sculpture. In 2017, Seth and Kayla O'Donnell purchased a 28-acre site for an easement to build their house. Included in that acreage was the 5-acre site of "Geese in Flight," the 110-foot tall, 78-ton sculpture off Exit 72 on Interstate 94, at the northern end of the 32-mile Enchanted Highway, a road with several scrap metal sculptures leading to Regent.