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ND Senate Strikes Down Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – The 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…

House Defeats Smoking Bill And Republican-led Legislature To Take Up Abortion Bills

Considering abortion restrictions for the first time in six years

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s House has killed legislation that would bar drivers from smoking in the car if they have a passenger younger than 9. Fargo Democratic Rep. Pamela Anderson’s measure would have allowed police to pull over anyone seen smoking with young children in the car and fine them $25. The vote against the bill was 57-31. The Republican-led…

Minnesota is projected to have $1.54 billion budget surplus

St. Paul, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov.-elect Tim Walz will enjoy a $1.5 billion surplus as he crafts his first state budget, state budget officials projected Thursday. State officials said higher-than-expected revenues and less state spending contributed to the surplus. The state’s reserves will stand at more than $2 billion next year, they said. The budget forecast will frame the debate over…

Roseau Rep. Dan Fabian named to GOP House Leadership Team

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Republican Rep. Dan Fabian of Roseau has been named the House Caucus Whip. Fabian served as an Assistant Majority Leader during the last legislative session and as Majority Whip during the 2015-2016 sessions. “I’m excited to join the House Republican leadership team, and to provide a positive contrast to the Democrats’ agenda of higher taxes, runaway…

Rep. Marquart of Dilworth To Chair MN House Taxes Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – DFL Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth will Chair the Minnesota House Taxes Committee for the 2019-2020 biennium. Democrats took over the lower chamber after flipping 18 seats, mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs, to have a 75-59 advantage over Republicans. “Our caucus and our chairs represent communities from all geographic areas of the state, from the Iron…

Human Rights Summit Encourages Conversations about Social Issues

The tenth annual event was hosted by Lutheran Social Services

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Human Rights Coalition brought people together from across the state to talk about North Dakota’s handling of basic liberties. The tenth annual Human Rights Summit focused on discussions about missing and murdered indigenous women, as well as LGBT acceptance in the state. One of the summit’s organizers says the event has encouraged several people to…

State Senator Judy Lee To Be Given Legacy Leader Award

It will be presented during The Chamber's Eighth Annual Meeting on September 19

FARGO, N.D. — A longtime state lawmaker is being recognized for her role in shaping and serving The Chamber. Senator Judy Lee of West Fargo will be given the 2018 Legacy Leader Award. It will be presented during The Chamber’s Eighth Annual Meeting on September 19 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Lee was selected by a nomination committee based…

West Fargo State Sen. Judy Lee On Top 10 List of Most Productive Legislators in U.S.

State Senator Judy Lee of West Fargo gets high praise by being named FiscalNote’s fourth most productive state senator in the country. The website ranks all legislators on how successful they are in sponsoring and steering legislation through each stage of the process. Lee, a Republican, has been serving since 1995. 66% of the 331 bills she has sponsored have…

Higher Crude Oil Prices Are Great News For North Dakota’s Bottom Line

oil and gas revenue is $323 million more than initial estimates

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil and gas tax collections in North Dakota are running 25 percent above forecast due to rebounding crude prices. A report by the Legislature’s research arm shows oil and gas revenue is $1.6 billion for the current two-year budget cycle that began in July. That’s $323 million more than initial estimates. Oil prices are a key contributor…