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Dickinson Electrician Begins Petitions Against Three Bills, Including Teddy Roosevelt Library Funding

Riley Kuntz says a $50 million endowment to operate the library is not a good use of taxpayer money

BISMARCK, ND — A Dickinson electrician is heading an effort to overturn three bills recently passed by the North Dakota Legislature, including funding for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt presidential library. Riley Kuntz says a $50 million endowment to operate the library is not a good use of taxpayer money. He also submitted referral petitions to stop new restrictions on the state…

Governor Doug Burgum Praises Work Of 66th Legislative Assembly

The North Dakota Legislature Adjourned The Session Friday Night On Day 76

BISMARCK, ND — Governor Doug Burgum says North Dakota is making strategic investments in its future, funding priorities and delivering citizens a conservative balanced budget without raising taxes. His comments come after the 66th Legislative Assembly adjourned its regular session Friday night. The legislature used 76 of their 80 allowed days. The budget includes about $4.8 billion in state general fund…

Cass County Officials Fight F-M Flood Diversion Project Budget Gap

The legislature's proposal is $120 million short of what the county needs

REED TOWNSHIP, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature is facing backlash after proposing an F-M diversion budget that’s creating a funding gap. Lawmakers and Cass County Commissioners are concerned after the legislature shoots down their budget request of $870 million for the diversion project. The legislature’s proposal comes up $120 million short in state funding, which some officials believe is not…

Gov. Burgum Signs Bill Removing Minimum Sentences For Certain Drug-Related Offenses

It's the first bill he has signed of the 2019 Legislative Session

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the first bill of the 2019 legislative session. The bill removes mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses. It removes the mandatory minimum sentencing requirement for repeat offenses for manufacturing or delivering controlled substances, or possession with intent to manufacturer or deliver. The bill does not change the class of conviction. It takes…

On Second Thought, Sports Betting Passed By ND House

The bill originally got the support of representatives present but fell two votes short Wednesday of the 48 needed for approval.

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s House has reconsidered and passed legislation to allow legal gambling on college and professional sports. The bill originally got the support of representatives present but fell two votes short Wednesday of the 48 needed for approval. The bill was approved by a second vote of 52-38. A separate bill that would allow gambling on professional sports…

North Dakota House Adds To Medical Marijuana Bill, Still Needs Senate Approval

House Also Rejects Sexual Orientation Discrimination Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota House has voted in favor of several proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana law. The changes will need Senate approval before they can take effect. House members approved adding 13 illnesses to the list of 17 approved medical conditions, along with terminal illnesses. They would include Tourette syndrome, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, opioid withdrawal and…

North Dakota House Passes “Abortion Reversal” Bill

It now goes to the Senate.

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s Republican-led House has approved so-called “abortion reversal” legislation by a vote of 73-16. It now goes to the Senate. It would require abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Abortion-rights groups say the legislation amounts to providing misinformation to women. Gov. Doug…

Fargo Business Owners Call for Repeal of North Dakota’s Blue Laws

Legislators in the ND House recently voted to repeal the laws Thursday

FARGO, N.D. — Growing up in Devils Lake, Amber Sander says she loved getting up to work at a restaurant on Sundays. “Sunday mornings I got the best tips, I loved working Sunday mornings it was awesome. So, I think people that want to services on Sunday also want to have access to the things they want to do after they’re…

ND Legislature At Work On 2-Year Budget

Members of the North Dakota House and Senate's appropriations committees are meeting Wednesday afternoon.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The North Dakota Legislature is set to establish a starting point for state government’s next two-year budget. Members of the North Dakota House and Senate’s appropriations committees are meeting Wednesday afternoon. The committees will estimate the state’s tax collections for the next two years, largely by attempting to predict what the price of oil may do…