Politics & Government

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Legislators on an interim committee overseeing the implementation of the Medical Marijuana law say they’re hearing frustration from their constituents about how long the process has been taking.

But the head of the State Health Department’s Medical Marijuana division said other states have experienced this kind of time lag from when the measure was passed to when the product becomes available.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The American Conservative Union held an infrastructure forum in Bismarck Monday.

The special guest: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.  She talked about a number of subjects, including the recent rollback of the Obama-area fuel efficiency standards. Chao told the audience her department and the Environmental Protection Agency will be working on new fuel standards. Chao said the new proposal includes eight options.

ITD working on consolidation plans

Aug 6, 2018

North Dakota’s information technology department is continuing to work toward consolidation of IT services under one umbrella department.

State Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley calls it a work in progress. Riley said his agency is doing a “deep data collection” on IT – who in what state agency is working in IT, what they do and what systems they have.

OMB director: Strategy review meetings successful

Aug 6, 2018

The director of the state’s Office of Management and Budget said OMB has finished a series of “strategy review” meetings with executive branch agencies.

Joe Morrissette said it was no small feat, as agencies met with OMB as they were working on their budget proposals for inclusion in the Gov. Doug Burgum’s executive budget for the 2019 session.

Morrissette called the meetings were very positive, and agencies came with a lot of good ideas.

Riemers gets a recount

Aug 3, 2018

A Grand Forks man who ran in the primary for Secretary of State as a Libertarian will get his recount.

The North Dakota Supreme Court made that decision in an opinion issued Friday.

'Trump Unity Bridge' stops in Bismarck

Aug 3, 2018

A man and his son from Livonia, Michigan are travelling the country with a float he calls the “Trump Unity Bridge.”

Rob Cortis called it his “4-48” tour, to visit the “four corners of the continental United States and the lower 48" states. He stopped in Bismarck, and is on his way to Sturgis for the motorcycle rally.

Cortis said he and his son built the display, which is festooned with Trump slogans, such as “Make America Great Again,” and flags. He used a real metal walking bridge.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said he's happy all three members of North Dakota’s Congressional delegation will be involved with the negotiations over a new farm bill.

"I don't know if it has happened in history that our entire North Dakota delegation will be serving in some capacity as conferees," Goehring said. "It's gonna be good."

Goehring said teh delegation brings a lot of knowledge to the table, as well as a perspective from a farm state.

"It covers a lot of things," Goehring said.

Preliminary state budget forecast due in August

Jul 31, 2018

A new state revenue forecast will be released in August.

"We call it our preliminary forecast, because it's our first look at the next biennium," said Office of Management and Budget director Joe Morrissette. "We'll use it as a basis to prepare the executive budget."

Morrissette said OMB has been working with Moody’s Analytics, and recently convened a revenue advisory group to look at Moody’s numbers. He said the advisory group didn’t make many changes to Moody's numbers.

Only Libertarian on ND's primary ballot wants a recount

Jul 31, 2018

A Grand Forks man who ran for Secretary of State in the June primary as a Libertarian is asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to order a recount in his race.

Roland Riemers was the only Libertarian on the ballot. State law says a party needs 300 votes in the primary to have its own column on the general election ballot.

"I lost by 53 votes," Riemers told the Court. "I'm not only off the general election ballot, but it loses us our status as the Libertarian Party for the next two years."

The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled Go. Doug Burgum issued improper line-item vetoes in four of five cases.

But the high court also ruled that the Legislature cannot delegate spending power to its Budget Section.

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