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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…

North Dakota lawmakers want another pay raise

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota legislators want a raise for the second straight session. The proposed pay boost for lawmakers is 1.5% in the first year of the two-year budget cycle and 2% in the second. The increase is equal to the level of raises for state employees and elected statewide public officials. Lawmakers are paid $518 a month, plus…

Hauck named to replace Simons in North Dakota House

BISMARCK, N.D. – A replacement representative for the seat of a North Dakota lawmaker expelled has been named. District 36 Republicans’ executive committee unanimously appointed Dori Hauck, of rural Richardton. She is a rancher, writer and music teacher, and has served as the secretary-treasurer for the district party since 2012. Hauck succeeds former representative Luke Simons, whom the House expelled…