A state senator has introduced a bill to make the State Health Officer and the director of the Department of Human Services elected positions.
Right now, both are appointed.
Sen. Jason Heitkamp (R-Wyndmere) said the suggestion comes from a constituent. He said the Health Officer has a lot of power, as evidenced by the orders during the pandemic emergency.
"If the state health officer has the power to shut down a lot of our state, it should be elected," Heitkamp said.