Politics & Government

Anti-abortion statute passes State Senate

Feb 8, 2013

The state Senate has passed a bill that supporters say will provide more protection for women who seek abortions – but opponents say it’s designed solely to close North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic.

The measure would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to local hospitals.

'Personhood" amendment passes State Senate

Feb 7, 2013

The North Dakota Senate has passed a state Constitutional amendment – that declares life begins at conception.

It’s been dubbed the “Personhood” amendment.

“This amendment is intended to present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade,”  said the prime sponsor, State Sen.Margaret Sitte (R-Bismarck). “By passage of this amendment, the people of North Dakota are asking government to recognize what science already defined.”

No earlier Sunday opening

Feb 7, 2013

The House has turned down measures that could have opened retail stores, liquor stores and bars earlier on Sundays.

Right now, they can’t open until noon. One bill would have had local governments decide of the retailers could open early on Sunday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee took nearly three hours of testimony – some of it emotional – on a bill to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Supporters say members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender community face discrimination in hiring and housing – because of their orientation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee took nearly three hours of testimony – some of it emotional – on a bill to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Supporters say members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender community face discrimination in hiring and housing – because of their orientation.

'Fast-tracked' highway funding bill signed into law

Feb 4, 2013
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A bill that was “fast-tracked” to get $720-million to the state Department of Transportation for the 2013 road construction season is now law.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the bill Monday in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

"It is really a true testament to the fact that this Legislature can and will move very efficiently and very nimbly when they need to," said Dalrymple.

This means contractors can start bidding for identified projects. DOT interim director Grant Levi says the money is definitely needed.

Holmberg: Time for a new license plate

Feb 4, 2013

A Grand Forks lawmaker says it's time for a new state license plate.

"The last general issue we had in North Dakota was in 1991," said Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks). "So the plates are up to 21, 22 years old."

Holmberg says the older plates are becoming unreadable. And he says there is now technology for license plates.

"The new plates are flat, and they are a material that is much more reflective than we have now," said Holmberg. "It's good for everyone to have a license plate that can be read."

The President of the Board of Higher Education says there’s a lot of misinformation circulating about the new information technology building being built at UND.

The Legislature approved that building to consolidate I-T serves system-wide. But a report surfaced that part of the building would be used for an office for the Chancellor of the University System, as well as a board room, a reception area and a kitchenette. And lawmakers are raising questions.

A number of bills to limit or eliminate abortion rights in North Dakota have been introduced this legislative session.

One would be a proposed amendment to the state Constitution. It’s been dubbed the “Personhood” amendment – and says life begins at the moment of conception.

"This amendment is intended to present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade," the sponsor, Sen. Margaret Sitte (R-Bismarck), told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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