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Oil and gas production creates waste that can wreak havoc on farmland and pose health risks.

A new series of maps from the Western Organization of Resource Councils shows locations for waste spills and disposal facilities in North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.

Proposal would get the state into the casino business

Mar 13, 2017
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A House committee is studying a Constitutional measure to allow up to six state owned casinos to be built in rural North Dakota.

House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) authored the measure. He said the casinos would be built to be “destination locations.” They would be 5 miles or more from cities of 5000 people or larger, and they would be at least 20 miles from the reservations, which have their own casinos.  It would be put on the statewide ballot in 2018.

Carlson told the House Judiciary Committee the "face of North Dakota has changed."

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A new state revenue forecast shows tax collections will be about $46 million less than what lawmakers had expected in January for the current biennium.

It also shows a $103 million shortfall for the 2017-2019 biennium.

The big driver – lower than expected sales tax revenue.

Painted Yoga Fundraiser for Cancer Care

Mar 9, 2017

Modern medicine is rapidly advancing, thanks to research. However, Western medicine’s focus on specific treatments may not improve the overall health of the patient. Main Street’s Ashley Thornberg met two young women, Andrea Krejci Paradis and McCal Joy Johnson, working to change that with their work for Sanford Hospital’s Roger Maris Cancer Center.  

The House Finance and Taxation Committee is studying a Senate-passed measure that would consolidate all statements of estimated property tax changes into one statement.

Right now, each taxing district sends notices of the changes – and tells taxpayers the time and place of hearings on those changes.  And those changes are often expressed in mills. The measure before the Committee would put all those notices together in one document, and would express changes in dollar amounts.

ND Legislature

A House committee is looking at a bill that could lead to North Dakota collecting sales tax from on-line retailers.

The bill could set up a court case to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in “Quill v. North Dakota.” In that case, the Court rejected the idea of states collecting sales tax from Internet retailers. Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan)  is the sponsor. He said one of two things would have to happen to allow that tax collection.

ND University System

A House Appropriations subcommittee is now working on the budget for higher education.

This week, the University System and its 11 campuses are making presentations to the Education and Environment division. The Senate has already made some significant spending cuts. Its version proposes general fund spending of $616 million. That compares with $837 million in the current biennium.

ND Legislature

The state Senate has turned down a study to see if the Life Skills and Transition center in Grafton should be replaced with more community-based services for individuals with disabilities.

That facility is formerly known as the Grafton State School.  If it was to be closed, a Constitutional amendment would have to have voter approval.

The Senate Human Services Committee voted 6 to 1 for a “do not pass.”

Monday, March 6 – A Tioga, North Dakota family is featured in “The Inheritance, a Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease.” Five out of six siblings in the DeMoe family inherited genetic pre-disposition for early-onset Alzheimer’s. Author Niki Kapsambelis shares their story, including their participation in a worldwide study that could change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research.

The Legislature is working on a measure to bring North Dakota into compliance with the “Real ID” federal law.

That law is fully implemented in October 2020. North Dakota has had a waiver – but that waiver expires this October. And a failure to comply means North Dakotans will not be able to use a driver’s license to board airplanes or enter federal buildings. People would have to use a passport to accomplish those things.

The state Department of Transportation is proposing an “opt-in” option. 

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