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Lawmakers returning to North Dakota Capitol for study

BISMARCK, N.D. – A group of lawmakers will return to the North Dakota Capitol next week to decide study topics that may result in legislation for the 2023 session. The Legislative Management committee is a 17-member panel of lawmakers that supervises business between sessions. The panel will meet May 19 to select the topics the Legislature will study during the…

Gov. Burgum vetoes penalizing state colleges over abortions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has partially vetoed a bill aimed at penalizing the state’s 11 colleges and universities for funneling federal grant money to individuals or organizations that promote or perform abortions. Burgum said in his veto message late Friday that the sanctions are “problematic.” He vetoed the portion of the bill that contains the…

North Dakota session marked by record budget, pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. – The 2021 North Dakota Legislature has reached the end of a session marked by a record-high state budget, the first-ever expulsion of a lawmaker and pandemic protocols that greatly dampened public participation at the state Capitol. The Legislature adjourned early Friday morning. It met for 76 days and just short of the 80-day maximum set by the…

Bill passed to stop NDSU ties with Planned Parenthood

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Republican-led North Dakota Legislature has passed legislation to prevent North Dakota State University from funneling federal grant money to Planned Parenthood for sex education. The bill easily passed 35-11 on Monday.  The GOP-led House passed the measure 66-25 earlier this month. It is unclear if Gov. Doug Burgum will sign the bill. The bill says any institution…

NDSU holds a protest of a bill banning grant money for sex education

The amended bill would prohibit funding federal grant money to Planned Parenthood for sex education in the state.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Students and faculty at NDSU petition the Legislature not to pass a North Dakota senate bill that would prohibit funding federal grant money to Planned Parenthood for sex education in the state. “The language of this legislation is written so broadly that it would likely impact faculty across a wide range of disciplines,” North Dakota State…

North Dakota House okays amended transgender sports bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has passed an amended version of a bill that would require grade school and high school athletes to compete in sports according to their birth gender. That’s how the House originally passed HB 1298. The Senate made it into a study. But in conference committee, the House language was added back, and…

North Dakota Senate OKs bill to prohibit state from issuing mask mandates

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has endorsed a measure that would prohibit the state mandating face coverings. Senators approved the bill Wednesday, but amended it to give local governments, schools and employers the option of requiring masks. The measure now goes back to the House for review of the Senate amendment. Bill sponsor GOP Rep. Jeff Hoverson and…

Lawmakers derail plan seen as bailout for Hoeven’s bank

BISMARCK, N.D. – Budget writers in the Republican-controlled North Dakota House want to derail legislation to save a troubled shipping facility. The move comes after criticism that the move was a bailout for banks, including one owned by GOP U.S. Sen. John Hoeven. Five Minot-area lawmakers sponsored the legislation for the intermodal shipping facility that sought to provide $8.2 million…

Burgum vetoes measure allowing bill introductions in December

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Legislature to introduce, consider and vote on bills in the December organizational session, just as they would during the regular session. In his veto message to the Speaker of the House, Burgum said the measure attempts to “circumvent the Constitution.” Burgum said Article IV…