Diane Larson

Gov. Burgum Signs Bill Removing Minimum Sentences For Certain Drug-Related Offenses

It's the first bill he has signed of the 2019 Legislative Session

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the first bill of the 2019 legislative session. The bill removes mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses. It┬áremoves the mandatory minimum sentencing requirement for repeat offenses for manufacturing or delivering controlled substances, or possession with intent to manufacturer or deliver. The bill does not change the class of conviction. It takes…

ND Senate Strikes Down Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. –┬áThe North Dakota Senate once again rejects a bill prohibiting housing and workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote failed by a 27-20 margin. Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman of New Rockford says people are leaving the state because they don’t feel accepted. Republican Sen. Diane Larson of Bismarck says no one testified in…