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Four deaths, 135 new coronavirus cases in ND

17 hours ago

The state health department has confirmed four more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,415.

 

The patients were:

 

  • Man in his 60s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 60s from Cass County.
  • Woman in her 90s from Golden Valley County.
  • Man in his 80s from Stark County.

 

House passes 'Faithful Electors Act'

22 hours ago

The House has passed a measure called the “Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act."

It affects the vote from North Dakota’s three Presidential electors. North Dakota has three Electoral votes, because of the size of the state's Congressional delegation.

The measure requires the votes be cast for the candidate who won the popular vote in the November election.

Bismarck Republican Representative Lawrence Klemin told the House North Dakota does not have this kind of law in place.

The House has voted for a study of out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur for school supplies, and whether they should be reimbursed for those expenses.

One of the sponsors – Rep. Patrick Heinert (R-Bismarck) – said a few school districts have started some reimbursement programs.

"This, in a study format, would benefit teachers in the long run, and would bring this to the forefront for school boards and others to consider," Heinert said. "We may end up with a bill -- I'm not sure."

Legislature to consider a 'flat' income tax measure

23 hours ago

A West Fargo lawmaker has introduced a “flat tax” bill.

Rep. Kim Koppelman (R-West Fargo) said the bill would establish one rate for the state income tax.

The bill sets a two percent rate on the income tax, based on the federal taxable income figure, calculated on your federal return.

"We aren't allowing exemptions, but we are having a high threshold," Koppelman said. "The purpose is not to tax those in lower income brackets any more than they are currently taxed.

Annual session bill introduced

23 hours ago

The North Dakota Legislature will again consider a measure for annual sessions of the North Dakota Legislature.

It’s the third time Sen. Brad Bekkedahl (R-Williston)  has introduced the bill.

Bekkedahl said the state’s budget has grown – it’s now about $15 billion for a two year period. And he said the Legislature is still meeting every two years to decide how to spend it.

Vaccine rollout continues

Jan 25, 2021

North Dakota has so far received just fewer than 93,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, nearly 75,000 doses have been administered.

According to the state health department's COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, an additional 17,200 doses of the vaccine have arrived in North Dakota over the last week.

Just over 54,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, while about 13,000 people have received both doses.

There are currently 391 enrolled provider sites that are approved for vaccine distribution in the state.

ND Health Dept: 58 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 25, 2021

58 new individuals from 17 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 96,874.

 

These results were from a pool of 2,144 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.14 percent.

 

46 of those positives were PCR tests, and 12 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

·         Adams County -  2

·         Bottineau County - 1

99 new COVID-19 cases detected

Jan 24, 2021

99 new individuals from 21 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 96,817.

 

These results were from a pool of 3,079 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.7 percent.

 

76 of those positives were PCR tests, and 23 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

·        Bottineau County - 2

·        Bowman County – 3

On this week's Legislative Review, the guest is House Minority Leader Josh Boschee (D-Fargo). We'll be discussing the various bonding plans for infrastructure, suggestions for spending new federal COVID relief money, the Democrats' pushing for family leave, and the challenges of having a Legislative session during a pandemic.

Eight COVID-19 deaths, 169 new cases

Jan 23, 2021

The state health department has confirmed eight more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,411.

 

The patients were:

 

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