North Dakota Bill Lowers Charges for Drug Paraphernalia

The bill lowers paraphernalia related charges for first-time offenders to a Class A misdemeanor. Repeat offenders would be subject to felony charges.

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Public Service Commision Budget Drops Rail Safety Program

The $972,000 program would have added three full-time positions in the Public Service Commissions budget focused on railroad inspections and safety. Full story on the debate from the Bismarck Tribune.

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How Elf Rights Activists Are Influencing Iceland’s Infrastructure

In Iceland, the government is going out of its way to protect the rights of mythical creatures. Here in North Dakota, we’re still working on protecting the rights of real, live people.

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Lawmakers Discuss Oil Tax Revenue Amendment

A group of Senators are proposing an amendment that would allocate more money to oil-impacted parts of the state if oil revenues rise in the second half of the biennium.

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Anit Discrimination Bill: How They Voted

SB 2279 failed in the ND House yesterday by a wide margin. See how our area representatives voted in this piece from the Dickinson Press.

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Minot Legislator Proposes Water Funding

Minot Representative has an amendment in the works that would allow the state to issue bonds in order to pay for upcoming water projects for Minot, Fargo, and Grand Forks. The plan includes $420 million for Minot and is in the process of final revisions. Full story from KX News.

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Oil Production Tax: Large Trigger ‘Likely’ to Hit

Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helm’s is walking back from his previous opinion that the larger of North Dakota’s oil production lower tax triggers is unlikely to be reached.

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Revised Revenue Forecast: State Budget to Expect Revenue Losses

The Governor’s revised revenue forecast was released last week. Unsurprisingly, it is less optimistic about state revenues than January’s report. Nick Smith of the Bismarck Tribune has the details.

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