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The state Senate has turned down a proposed Constitutional amendment that would have required a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate to raise taxes, or impose a new tax.

HCR 3040 had already passed the House. And if the Senate said “yes,” it would have been on the ballot in 2022.

The vote from the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee was 5-2 for a “do not pass.”

Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Legislature to introduce, consider and vote on bills in the December organizational session, just as they would during the regular session.

In his veto message to the Speaker of the House, Burgum said the measure – HB 1378 – attempts to “circumvent the Constitution.” Burgum said Article IV of the Constitution lays out the need for an organizational session in December, and then recess until January. He said allowing bills and resolutions during that session is beyond the scope of the “organizational session.”

ND Health Dept confirms 165 new COVID-19 cases

Apr 2, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 165 new individuals from 20 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 103,460.

 

These results were from a pool of 5,925 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.72 percent.

 

74 of those positives were PCR tests, and 91 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

208 new COVID-19 cases, state confirms

Apr 1, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 208 new individuals from 23 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 103,299.

 

These results were from a pool of 6,757 tests for a daily positive rate of 4.05 percent.

 

105 of those positives were PCR tests, and 103 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Legislature to introduce, consider and vote on bills in the December organizational session, just as they would during the regular session.

In his veto message to the Speaker of the House, Burgum said the measure – HB 1378 – attempts to “circumvent the Constitution.” Burgum said Article IV of the Constitution lays out the need for an organizational session in December, and then recess until January. He said allowing bills and resolutions during that session is beyond the scope of the “organizational session.”

211 new coronavirus infections found

Mar 31, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 211 new individuals from 22 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 103,091.

 

These results were from a pool of 6,780 tests for a daily positive rate of 4.44 percent.

 

90 of those positives were PCR tests, and 121 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

House approves "Ten Commandments" bill, with changes

Mar 30, 2021

The House has passed a measure that would allow a school to display the Ten Commandments.

SB 2308 was amended to say the Ten Commandments would be displayed as part of a display of historical documents. Supporters say that amendment would help the bill pass Constitutional muster.

Rep. Terry Jones (R-New Town) said the United States was founded on the principles outlined in the Ten Commandments.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is looking at a proposal to raise the per-pupil payment by one percent in the upcoming school year, and another one percent for the following year.

Gov. Doug Burgum had proposed a flat spending level of $10,036 per pupil for each of the next two years. The one-and-one proposal – endorsed by the senate Education Committee – would raise it to $10,136 in the first year, and $10,237 in the second year.

245 new COVID-19 cases; active cases rise above 1,000

Mar 30, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 245 new individuals from 26 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 102,880.

 

These results were from a pool of 5,607 tests for a daily positive rate of 6.15 percent.

 

88 of those positives were PCR tests, and 157 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

Senate turns transgender sports bill into a study

Mar 30, 2021

The state Senate has voted to turn a bill, requiring a high school student to compete in sporting events based on the gender of the student’s birth, into a study.

That potentially sets up a conference committee on the measure.

The "transgender" bill is HB 1298. It had earlier passed in the House. It originally dealt with high school and college athletes. A Senate committee had amended it so it would only deal with high school athletes.

The amendment to turn the bill into a study was offered by Sen. Kristin Roers (R-Fargo).

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