John Hageman, Forum News Service
BISMARCK—As four men lined up at a Bismarck gun range, Josette Severson gave firm instructions. "Please load and make ready," she said. With the sound an electronic beep, they began firing handguns at pieces of paper a few yards away. Severson swept up shell casings that littered the floor between rounds.
BISMARCK—A 19-member commission began examining North Dakota's process for initiating and referring ballot measures on Monday, July 31.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's senators again split their votes in a narrow defeat for Senate Republicans looking to fulfill their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act early Friday, July 28. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted against the so-called "skinny repeal" along with all of her fellow Democrats and three Republicans, defeating the bill in a 49-51 vote. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., voted for the bill.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's senators cast opposing votes in a key procedural vote Tuesday, July 25, to move ahead with debate on health care legislation, marking a victory for Republicans looking to repeal provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted against the motion, while Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., voted alongside most of his Republican colleagues in its favor. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie vote.
BISMARCK—Officials planning the Red River Water Supply Project hope for a quick resolution to a dispute over federal plans that could affect the project's water source. Lawmakers were briefed during a meeting Tuesday, July 25, at the state Capitol on the status of the project, which would pipe Missouri River water to eastern North Dakota during droughts. Ken Vein, second vice chairman of the Garrison Diversion Board, said they hope to receive the first construction bids in early 2019.
BISMARCK—A group representing pharmacy benefit managers is challenging two new North Dakota laws that it says would increase prescription drug costs.
BISMARCK -- The state of North Dakota’s efforts to recover costs associated with the monthslong Dakota Access Pipeline protests hit a snag in recent weeks, but state officials say they’re continuing to explore their options.
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a Grand Forks judge to fill an impending vacancy on the North Dakota Supreme Court Wednesday, July 12. Burgum chose Jon Jensen, a judge in the Northeast Central Judicial District, to succeed Justice Carol Kapsner, who announced her resignation in April with three years left on her term. Her resignation is effective at the end of the month, marking more than 18 years on the court.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota regulatory board has accused a security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline of operating in the state without a license.
BISMARCK—Citing an "escalating threat" to farmers and ranchers, Gov. Doug Burgum declared a drought emergency Thursday, June 22, that reactivates a water supply assistance program. Burgum signed an executive order declaring a drought emergency for 15 counties in an extreme drought and 11 counties adjacent to them, his office said Thursday night. Producers in those counties are eligible for the state's Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program.