Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — One shard remains of the so-called "trespass bill" that sought to ease issues over hunting access on private land. Though the bill failed on North Dakota lawmakers' last day in session, a twin of its study remained intact in the budget for the Information Technology Department. Lawmakers will take up the required study likely beginning this summer, looking at issues related to land access for recommendations before the 2021 legislative session.
BISMARCK - Proposed administrative rules for North Dakota's disputed cottage foods law are about to enter the oven. The North Dakota State Health Council will review the proposed rules at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15. North Dakota's cottage foods law has been in dispute since mid-2018 when cottage food proponents clashed with state health officials over a rule-making process on the 2017 law that expanded direct-to-consumer sales of home baked and canned items.
SWEET BRIAR, N.D — Wearing garbage bag ponchos and blue rubber gloves, students of Sweet Briar School gathered around Sheri Johnson as she began to inflate a beef lung. "Isn't that just the coolest thing, you guys?" she said after blowing air into the organ. The lung was the last of the morning's dissecting lesson, which used a heart, diaphragm, trachea and other organs donated from the butcher shop in Glen Ullin.
BISMARCK -- Debating North Dakota's cottage foods law in the recent legislative session came down to canned green beans and botulism. State lawmakers in 2017 passed sweeping legislation that expanded direct-to-consumer sales of mostly home baked and canned items. A bill meant to clarify legislative intent and definitions in that law failed in the Legislature's final days this year. Now, the state Department of Health is reviving a rule-making process that paused in 2018 after cottage food proponents objected.
North Dakota lawmakers struggled to reach consensus in their 2019 session on ideas for spending earnings from the Legacy Fund. General agreement is to preserve the oil tax savings’ principal, while Gov. Doug Burgum and lawmakers tossed around a number of ideas for the earnings, which were either killed or funded by other methods.
BISMARCK - North Dakota House members have greenlit the plan for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library, clearing the way for Gov. Doug Burgum's biggest push this legislative session. House members voted 70-22 on Wednesday morning, April 24, to adopt conference committee amendments to the governor's office budget that include the library and also mandate he take a salary. Burgum, as a candidate in 2016, pledged to forgo a salary to help "cut runaway government spending." Now he'll have to take $274,112 the next two years.
BISMARCK -- Days after passing the North Dakota Senate, the bill for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library has hit a snag over constitutionality. House Speaker Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, expressed concerns over the bill — built from amendments that replaced a water project bill — from a provision of the state Constitution that says: "No bill may be amended on its passage through either house in a manner which changes its general subject matter."
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate has approved a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library at Medora, thus clearing a hurdle for Gov. Doug Burgum's biggest push this legislative session. Senators on Wednesday, April 17, voted 34-13 on the bill built from amendments brought by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. The governor had proposed using $50 million in Legacy Fund earnings to fund an endowment for the library to be built from $100 million in donations.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate may vote Wednesday, April 17, on a proposal for Gov. Doug Burgum's vision of a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library — but after some considerations. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, April 16, gave the library proposal a 4-2 "do-pass" recommendation after shuffling unrelated legislation between two bills, essentially housing the library in one bill with its previous legislation moved to another. Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, who chairs the committee, said the bill may reach the Senate floor on Wednesday.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House members on Friday, April 5, passed the bill for the governor's office 2019-21 budget, which includes a salary for Gov. Doug Burgum he has preferred be eliminated. The House passed the budget bill on a 78-6 vote. The House Appropriations Committee struck out a Senate provision of the bill that allows Burgum to not accept a salary. House budget writers allocated $274,112 for Burgum's next two-year salary. The budget bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence on amendments.