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The Board of Higher Education will not take a formal position on opposing the recreational marijuana initiative that is on the November ballot.

The measure was discussed by the Board’s Governance Committee. That committee asked University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott to draft a position paper. But board legal counsel said the Board could not take a formal position on the issue – because the Board is a part of state government. However, the board could discuss factual information on the measure without taking a formal position.

LaFave hired as VCSU president

Sep 28, 2018
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The state Board of Higher Education has hired Dr. Alan LaFave as the new president of Valley City State University.

LaFave is the current vice-president and provost at Northern State University in Aberdeen. He told reporters VCSU is similar to Northern State – and he’s excited about the opportunity.

"This is just a wonderful opportunity, I think, to come into Valley City at a time when there is a lot of growth happening, and there's a lot of excitement on campus and the community," LaFave said. "I'm just looking forward to being a part of that."

MDU and Otter Tail customers will see benefits from the lower taxes those utilities are now paying, due to federal tax cuts.

The corporate tax rate was lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent. And the investor-owned utilities are giving some or all of those savings back to customers in terms of one-time bill credits or lower utility rates.

District 4 GOP Representative is resigning

Sep 27, 2018

A state legislator from northwest North Dakota has resigned.

Rep. Bill Oliver (R-New Town) is resigning, effective October 30th.  In his letter, Oliver said “My life situation has changed, and I feel I cannot represent my constituents with the zeal necessary.”

Oliver sent the letter to House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) and Legislative Management chairman Sen. Ray Holmberg. (R-Grand Forks).

Holmberg said he will be sending a letter to the GOP District 4 chairman.

The legislature's Water Topics Overview Committee held a meeting in Fargo to get an update on water projects in the Red River Valley.

North Dakotans for Sound Government, ACLU oppose Measure 1

Sep 25, 2018

A coalition of state organizations has formed in opposition of Measure 1.

Dakotans for Health oppose Texas vs US

Sep 25, 2018

Former North Dakota US Senator Byron Dorgan says he's troubled by Congressman Kevin Cramer and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem supporting a lawsuit aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act.

Stenehjem, along with attorneys general from about 20 other states, have joined in filing a lawsuit in Texas to challenge the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Cramer has voted numerous times to repeal the law.

The state Board of Higher Education will be looking at a new “tiered” subcommittee structure – creating separate subcommittees for the two research universities, the four year colleges and the two year colleges.

"With a subcommittee structure focused on tiers, you might get to more substantive discussion on critical issues, instead of being overwhelmed by all the issues the issues hitting the Board," Chancellor Mark Hagerott told the Board's Governance Committee. "This way, you could have some people who develop more time to study an issue."

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected for Bismarck and Fargo.

The state Health Department said Harvest of Bismarck and Acreage North Dakota of Fargo will now be registering as dispensaries.  State law says as many as 8 dispensaries will be chosen. The application period for the Grand Forks and Williston regions is open until October 10th, and the others will be open for applications in January.

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