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Timeline to be established for new ND governor’s home

BISMARCK, N.D. — State officials are meeting at the state Captiol in Bismarck to develop a timeline for the planning and construction of a new governor’s residence. The Capitol Grounds Planning Commission will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol. North Dakota’s Legislature last month approved a new $5 million home for North Dakota’s first family. Twenty percent of ...

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ND House overrides governor’s oil trust fund veto

BISMARCK, N.D. — Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the GOP-led Legislature are at odds over how earnings should be budgeted from the state’s trust fund for oil taxes. The Legislature passed a measure this session that bars the governor from considering money from the fund’s principal when crafting budgets. Dalrymple vetoed the legislation but the House voted 67-23 Monday to ...

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North Dakota Legislature OKs new home for governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature has endorsed a bill to spend $5 million to build a new home for the state’s first family. The House approved the bill 69-22 on Thursday. Senators had endorsed the measure 28-19 on Wednesday. The measure stipulates that $1 million of the cost be raised from private sources. Lawmakers have been attempting to ...

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ND Legislature increases limit for outdoor conservation fund

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature voted Tuesday to increase the funding cap for the state’s oil tax-supported Outdoor Heritage Fund, though the goal may be moot with slipping crude prices. House members endorsed the measure 81-10 and hours later sent it to the Senate, which approved it 40-7 with no debate. The Legislature established the fund in 2013 ...

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Opinion: Fix the oil tax already

On the 70th day of the state’s 80-day legislative session Republican leaders in the House and Senate have proposed a major reform to oil tax policy. Already it is being met with anger from partisan Democrats hoping to inflame the public’s hatred for “big oil,” but it’s time to cut through that nonsense. It’s time to fix the damn oil ...

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North Dakota lawmakers to decide if ethics commission needed

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are again deciding if they want closer oversight of themselves. House assistant Democratic leader Corey Mock of Grand Forks has been pushing since 2011 to establish an ethics commission to investigate alleged acts of wrongdoing by politicians. But legislation to create such commissions was soundly defeated by the Legislature in the past two sessions. ...

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North Dakota Legislature: Lawmakers at halfway mark

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature finished work on 852 bills last week, and after a break, House members will begin working Wednesday on Senate bills, and vice versa, in what lawmakers call “crossover.” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said much work remains but lawmakers have made good progress. “As we enter the session’s second half, we will continue working with ...

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Extensive changes proposed for Bakken pipeline monitoring

On Monday the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave a do-pass recommendation for a proposed bill which aims to improve North Dakota’s regulation of oil and saltwater pipelines and to clean up past spills. The Grand Forks Herald reports that House Bill 1358 combines parts of four other bills. It was formulated after considering input submitted by the Northwest ...

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