Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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ST. ANTHONY, N.D. – A large contingent of law enforcement responded Monday morning, Oct. 10, to protests at two Dakota Access Pipeline construction sites in the St. Anthony area south...
BISMARCK – A joint task force led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Sept. 3 clash between protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the pipeline’s private...
NORTH OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION – It was business as usual but in far greater numbers on Friday, Sept. 9, as thousands of American Indians and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline waited for a federal judge to issue his decision on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction to halt pipeline construction across the Missouri River.
BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday he will support the Republican Party's nominee for president but stopped short of endorsing—or even mentioning—presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Meanwhile, his main opponent for the GOP nomination for governor, Fargo businessman Doug Burgum, clarified on Friday that he is endorsing Trump but not necessarily his behavior. Burgum released a statement Thursday night declaring his support for Trump, prompting requests for comment from Stenehjem, who issued an emailed statement around noon Friday.
BISMARCK – House and Senate lawmakers remained deadlocked Wednesday morning over their final bill of the session, the budget for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. The Senate rejected a conference committee’s report on Senate Bill 2022 Tuesday night because of disagreement over House amendments to the bill.
BISMARCK – With a number of major budget bills still being hammered out, House and Senate leaders said Thursday they still hoped to wrap up the legislative session on Saturday but were prepared to take the weekend off and return Monday if it appears that won’t happen. “We’re getting close,” said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. Today (Friday) marks the 75th day of the session, which is limited to 80 days.
BISMARCK – North Dakotans won’t be voting a second time on a constitutional amendment that would require costly initiated ballot measures to be placed on the general election ballot. The Senate voted 20-27 on Friday to kill an amended version of House Concurrent Resolution 3047, after the House passed it 71-18 on Thursday.
BISMARCK – State senators sent a strong message to the House on Thursday that lawmakers shouldn’t be meddling in the recently awarded contract that will make Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1.
BISMARCK – House lawmakers voted 81-10 on Tuesday to raise the cap on North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund by $10 million over the next two years and strip two waterfowl conservation groups that supported a controversial ballot measure last fall of their guaranteed seats on the fund’s advisory board. The Senate still must agree with the changes to House Bill 1409, which would increase the amount of oil tax revenue the fund can collect from $30 million to $40 million in the 2015-17 biennium.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Republicans are proposing a late-session bill that would hedge against the loss of tax revenue from low oil prices by cutting oil taxes instead of allowing an exemption to take effect that could cost the state billions of dollars.