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Bill allows concealed guns at public events

BISMARCK, N.D. – Some pro-gun North Dakota legislators are taking another shot at allowing people to carry concealed guns at sporting and athletic events. Dickinson Republican Luke Simons’ bill also would cut nearly two dozen items from the state’s list of dangerous weapon.  Almost all of the testimony Monday was centered around narrowing the list of dangerous weapons. No one…

‘Mugshot bill’ fails in North Dakota House

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has rejected the so-called “mug shot” bill. The bill would have prohibited police from releasing mugshot photos of suspects arrested and booked into jail. Supporters of the bill say the photos can cause harm to someone who was jailed, but later found not guilty. Finley Republican Rep. Bill Devlin, who opposed the…

North Dakota lawmakers vote against abortion clinic zoning bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – A North Dakota Senate panel has refused to endorse a bill prohibiting any new abortion clinics from opening within 30 miles of a school. The bill would also prevent the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state’s only abortion clinic, from expanding. The Senate Political Subdivisions Committee on Thursday gave the bill a “do-not-pass” recommendation, after…

Bill establishes committee to decide if North Dakota will enforce federal laws

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has approved a bill that could mean the state would not have to enforce federal laws it doesn’t agree with. The measure sets up a committee to review the federal laws in question, and then make a recommendation to the full Legislature on whether those laws will be followed or not. Opponents…

Bill would exempt draft redistricting maps from ND open records laws

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – An advocacy group wants North Dakota lawmakers to make the legislature’s redistricting process “open and accessible” to everyone. “North Dakota Voters First” is opposing a bill that would exempt draft versions of redistricting maps from state open records laws. Spokesperson Ellen Chaffee says the bill keeps early versions of legislative maps secret. She says that’s unacceptable…

House committee considers raising North Dakota tobacco taxes

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A North Dakota House committee is considering two bills that would raise tobacco taxes. One would raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.00, bringing the tax to $1.44. The other bill would raise taxes on other tobacco products. Tim Blasl, president of the North Dakota Hospital Association, told the House Finance and Taxation…

North Dakota House okays bill that cuts early voting to 9 days

Early voting in FargoBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A bill that limits early voting dates to 9 days before Election Day has been approved in the North Dakota House. Early voting is currently allowed up to 15 days before an election. Grand Forks Republican Representative Steve Vetter carried the bill on the House floor. “Although we want early voting, we don’t…

Lawmakers reverse course on Sunday morning booze bill

BISMARCK (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate has changed its mind and voted to allow alcohol sales in bars and restaurants beginning at 8 a.m. Sundays. Currently, sales are allowed after 11 am Sunday. Mandan Republican Senator Doug Larsen argued in favor of the bill. “This could allow a business to serve a crew that works a graveyard shift. An…

House committee turns ‘Spaghettios Bill’ into meal expense study

BISMARCK, N.D. – A proposal to reimburse North Dakota lawmakers for meals beyond their per diem payments could be included in a longer-term study of overall expense reimbursements. Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced a bill Thursday that would reimburse state lawmakers from outside Bismarck for meals on days when they’re in session. A legislative estimate says the bill, called the…