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North Dakota House wants voters to okay online sports betting

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota House wants residents to decide if sports betting and internet poker should be allowed in the state. Representatives on Tuesday endorsed a pair of bipartisan resolutions and companion bills that set the rules for the gambling operations. Supporters say internet poker and sports betting would generate revenue for charitable causes and the state, including…

North Dakota House legalizes recreational marijuana

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The bill only allows the already-established “compassion centers” to sell marijuana.  Residents would not be allowed to grow their own marijuana. Smoking marijuana would also not be allowed in public. The bill passed 56 to 38. It will now go to the Senate for…

North Dakota House raises state gasoline tax

BISMARCK (KVRR/KCND) -The North Dakota House has voted to raise the gasoline tax by three cents a gallon. The tax would jump from 23 cents to 26 cents.  The increase is projected to raise another $44 million over the next two years, with the money going toward roads and bridges. Supporters of the increase say they view the tax as…

House approves bill to outlaw local mask mandates

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has passed a bill to prevent local governments from imposing mask mandates. The bill’s sponsor is Minot Republican Representative Jeff Hoverson. Hoverson told the House he’s received a lot of emails, virtually all them in support of his bill. Bismarck Republican Representative Jason Dockter argued against the measure.  Dockter says having a…

As catalytic converter theft grows, lawmakers take notice

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill to restrict the sale and purchase of catalytic converters. Advocates say the bill is designed to cut down on an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters have become a hot item for thieves because they contain platinum and other precious metals. The materials are worth thousands of dollars per…

Lawmakers debating bill to legalize recreational marijuana

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Legislature is considering a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use with restrictions. Backers of legislation believe the recent legalization of the drug by voters in Montana and South Dakota means it’s likely inevitable that it will happen in North Dakota. Lawmakers say they want to be ready with rules to control and…

Senate okays amendment that bans NDSU from taking Planned Parenthood grant

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate has passed an amendment that would prohibit NDSU from accepting grant money from Planned Parenthood. The $10.5 million grant would be used to train teachers how to talk with students about sex.  Some state lawmakers and Christian groups have called on NDSU to end the program. Turtle Lake Republican Sen. Howard Anderson…

North Dakota Senate rejects bill to ban abortion clinics within 30 miles of a school

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would prohibit abortion clinics from operating within 30 miles of a school. Opponents of the measure say it would supersede the authority of local governments to make zoning decisions. Turtle Lake Republican Senator Howard Anderson says if the bill passed, the state would, in effect, be “banging…