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North Dakota Senate approves primary seatbelt bill

BISMARCK (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate has passed a bill to make not buckling up a “primary” offense. Right now, the law is a “secondary offense,” which means drivers must be stopped for another violation before the extra $25 is tacked on for not wearing a seat belt. Bismarck Republican Senator Mike Dwyer said law enforcement has been pleading…

North Dakota bill would ban wastewater testing for COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D. – A North Dakota lawmaker wants to ban the testing of wastewater for the coronavirus, saying the practice violates the privacy rights of college students. Republican Rep. Claire Cory introduced a bill that would prohibit wastewater testing “for genetic material or evidence of disease.” She says she brought the bill over concerns from people about wastewater testing tracing…

Bill would let smaller businesses keep sales tax collections

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A Fargo lawmaker has introduced a bill designed to help smaller retailers survive the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic Rep. Pamela Anderson’s bill would allow retailers with 16 or fewer fulltime employees to keep the state sales tax they collect for 2021. The bill only applies to the 5% state-imposed sales tax, and does not…

North Dakota GOP to scrub $1.1B bonding proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. – Republican legislative leaders say a massive $1.1 billion bonding package that would finance infrastructure projects across North Dakota is being withdrawn and will be replaced by a far less costly proposal. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says a new proposal that would be at least $300 million less will be coming from the House. Wardner and House…

Bill would make jail mugshots confidential in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A West Fargo lawmaker has introduced a bill that would seal jail mugshots from the public. The bill, introduced by Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, says “unless there is a compelling public safety interest warranting release, the booking photo of an inmate is a confidential record.” The booking photo could only be released if the suspect…

Diabetes advocates propose bill to help cap insulin costs

The proposed bill would place a $25 cap on out of pocket diabetic medical costs

NORTH DAKOTA — People in North Dakota are trying to get legislature attention for a bill that would decrease the cost of insulin. The proposed bill would help by placing a cap of $25 on insulin charges for those in need of the medication. Outlined in the proposal the cost would only cover those with North Dakota insurance plans. Other…

North Dakota’s 67th Legislative session to look at COVID-19 response

"There's probably going to be an effort especially in the House of Representatives to try to curl back and curtain the governor's emergency powers."

BISMARCK, N.D.  — On Tuesday, North Dakota lawmakers are meeting for the 67th legislative session to discuss bonding, economic recovery, and the response to the pandemic. Republicans have wide majorities in both houses. “There’s going to be a lot of discussion about bonding and how bonding will relate to the legacy fund,”Prairie Public Radio News Director, Dave Thompson said. Thompson…

The Chamber hosts ND District 44 legislative forum

Virtual forum discusses public's concerns with state legislature candidates

FARGO, N.D. – The Chamber holds a virtual North Dakota Legislative candidate forum for District 44 in North Fargo. It allowed viewers to meet the candidates who are running for state house and senate. Questions concerning citizens such healthcare and finance placed a spotlight on the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases and what that means for North Dakota’s economy. “Our…