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It was dubbed the “Constitutional Carry” bill.

The bill has now passed both Houses of the Legislature – and is on its way to Governor Burgum.

The bill says anyone who is not otherwise prevented from carrying a class two firearm – and has had a North Dakota driver’s license or other Department of Transportation issued photo ID – can “conceal carry” a firearm without having to take any test. The person would have to tell law enforcement officers about carrying a firearm if stopped for a traffic violation or other offense.

Still more tweaking to the medical marijuana bill

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Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

More changes ahead for the Legislature's medical marijuana regulation bill.

The House Human Services Committee heard the bill Tuesday. It's designed to rewrite the medical marijuana initiative voters passed last November – and make it conform to state standards.

"This is a relatively new industry," State Deputy Health Officer Arvy Smith told the Committee. "The Health Department is put into the position of needing to regulate an industry that does not yet exist. It has been challenging."

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The Legislature has approved a bill to expand the definition of “distracted driving.”

It changes the “no texting while driving” law passed in an earlier session. The new bill says if a driver commits a traffic offense or gets into a crash while distracted, the driver could be fined $100.

"It's a secondary offense," said Sen. David Rust (R-Tioga). "If I'm driving and eating a cheeseburger, is that distracted driving? No. Distracted driving would be if you commit an offense because you were distracted by eatingb that cheeseburger."

Legislature passes bill to raise littering fines

Mar 21, 2017
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The fine for littering will go to $500 – under a bill passed in the North Dakota Legislature.

The fine is now $100. And supporters say they hope this will deter people.

Sen. Bill Bowman (R-Bowman) said this bill is actually four years too late.

Internet sales tax bill still pending

Mar 21, 2017
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A bill that could lead to North Dakota collecting sales tax from Internet retailers is being temporarily held up in the House.

It had earlier passed the state Senate.

The bill’s sponsor -- Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan) said it’s meant to create a situation where a case could again go to the US Supreme Court. In an earlier case, called “Quill versus North Dakota,” the Court ruled the state could not collect sales taxes from Internet sellers.

PSC pushing to keep two rail inspectors

Mar 21, 2017
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The Public Service Commission is asking the state Senate to restore one of the positions the House cut in the state rail inspection program.

The budget request calls for two full time employee. The House cut it to one.

"One of them is considered temporary, the other is full time," said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. "The temporary employee is working full time. We invested in his training and his certification, and he's highly qualified to act independently as a rail inspector."

Fedorchak said he's doing some important things, including mechanical inspection.

PSC pushing to keep two rail inspectors

Mar 21, 2017
PSC

The Public Service Commission is asking the state Senate to restore one of the positions the House cut in the state rail inspection program.

The budget request calls for two full time employee. The House cut it to one.

"One of them is considered temporary, the other is full time," said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. "The temporary employee is working full time. We invested in his training and his certification, and he's highly qualified to act independently as a rail inspector."

Fedorchak said he's doing some important things, including mechanical inspection.

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The House has passed a measure that keeps secret the names of applicants for public sector jobs.

The names of the final three vying for the open job would become public.

Supporters of the measure say the state’s current open records law discourages some of the best people from applying.

Earlier, the House passed a measure to keep confidential the names of people applying for college presidencies. Rep. Mary Johnson (R-Fargo) used a recent search at UND as an example.

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The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee is looking at a bill that would require approval from a county commission and a regional water resource board before any disposal site for out of state nuclear waste is located in a North Dakota county.

A Fargo businessman is working on an initiated measure to do away with the law that prohibits retail stores from being open before noon on Sunday.

That –after the state Senate rejected a bill to make that change. It had earlier passed the House – on a second try.

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