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An interview with Chancellor Mark Hagerott

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Sen. Nicole Poolman (R-Bismarck)

Apr 19, 2019

Senate rejects retirement study

Apr 19, 2019

The Senate has rejected a study of the state’s retirement system.

The original bill was designed to raise contributions to the PERS retirement fund by one percent for both employees and the state. That was changed to a study, to take a look at converting the state retirement plan from a “defined benefit” plan to a “defined contribution” plan.

Senate approves study of Legacy Fund earnings

Apr 19, 2019

The North Dakota Senate has overwhelmingly endorsed a study of uses for the proceeds from the state’s Legacy Fund.

The proceeds, or earnings, can now go into the state’s general fund. But lawmakers want to put some parameters for the use of the money.

A study committee would include the floor leaders from both parties, the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and the chairmen of both Finance and Tax Committees.

The state Senate has approved a new spending plan for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, to be built in Medora.

Changes could be coming to the public entrance of the state Capitol building in Bismarck.

In 2017, metal detectors were installed at the south entrance. That was during the DAPL protests. But the Legislature decided to keep them in place, and made the south entrance the only one the public could use.

"This was such a long, cold winter," said Rep. Don Vigesaa (R-Cooperstown). "When you walked down that long, cold hallway, and you went past the front entrance, it was like a cold blast of air was coming through there continually."

A new plan for funding a Roosevelt library and museum

Apr 17, 2019

A new plan for funding the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Library and Museum in Medora, proposed by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson).

A Senate committee has approved a “hog-house” amendment to a House bill. The bill contains $50 million for the state’s share, contingent on $100 million in private fundraising.

The audit committee of the state Board of Higher Education has established a timeline for North Dakota State College of Science president John Richman to formally respond to a performance audit.

Army Corps Gets Diversion Update

Apr 16, 2019
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

The commanding general of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion is one of the Top 20 projects in the nation. Reporter Todd McDonald has details of the General's visit to Fargo, Tuesday.

Senate passes commerce department budget

Apr 16, 2019

The state Senate has passed the budget for the North Dakota Department of Commerce - with a bunch of amendments.

Republican Senator Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks detailed the amendments on the Senate Floor. He says the commerce budget had to be reduced, because many of the things funded in the budget didn't relate to commerce.

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