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North Dakota Lawmaker Appears In Pipeline-Bashing MSNBC Segment

North Dakota Lawmaker Appears In Pipeline-Bashing MSNBC Segment

Rep. Corey Mock (D-Doesn’t Live In His District Any More) appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show this evening on MSNBC to tout his efforts to bring back legislation mandating the use of flow meters and automatic cutoffs for pipelines in the wake of three recent pipeline spills. After watching the clip, you have to wonder


“Surge” Funding Bill For Oil Impacts Bloats To $1.1 Billion

At the beginning of the legislative session there were two competing approaches to sending a quick dose of cash to western North Dakota to address oil impacts. The first was SB2103, the “surge” bill, proposed by a group of western North Dakota lawmakers. It represented $845 million in funding, with $300 million going to oil


North Dakota Democrats Rush To Politicize Pipeline Spills

Always looking for an opportunity to make political hay, North Dakota Democrats are looking to cash in on recent pipeline spills in the Bakken region. “Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom, state Democratic lawmakers say they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and


Video: Property Tax Transparency Bill Goes Down After Lobbying From Counties

Rep. Ben Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo, introduced HB1069 which would have required that North Dakota counties maintain an online database of property tax information. Not surprisingly local government lobbyists – perhaps the most effective opponents of government transparency in North Dakota – rushed to oppose the measure. “It’s just another state requirement that counties


University System Governance Isn’t Some Parochial Pissing Match

State Board of Higher Education President Kirsten Diederich resigned rather than face a tough re-appointment review from state Senators who are generally not pleased with the university system’s performance of late. Now Governor Jack Dalrymple must choose a replacement, and the Grand Forks Herald is campaigning to ensure that replacement has ties to Grand Forks and/or

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Should Being A Property Owner Qualify You To Vote In A School District You Don’t Live In?

A couple of days ago I wrote about HB1383 which addresses the qualification of voters to cast ballots in school bond elections. As the bill is written, it would seem to limit voter eligibility in school bond elections to people who are a) eighteen years old and b) “freeholders,” or property owners. Yesterday a SAB


Bad Data Used To Justify Gender Pay Legislation

Rep. Kylie Oversen, in addition to representing a Grand Forks-area legislative district, is also a graduate of the University of North Dakota who is currently attending law school there. But after testimony in favor of her bill to address perceived inequities between the gender in terms of pay, UND may not want to acknowledge the


Not So Much A Rollback Of Oil Regulations But A Change In Process

“Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules,” screams a headline from the Associated Press about Rep. Keith Kempenich’s bill to change the process by which oil regulations are passed by the the Industrial Commission. That headline set up a scolding and typically intemperate editorial from the Fargo Forum which, as usual, seems to have only


Senate Unanimously Passes Immunity For Those Reporting Drug Overdoses

A bill to grant limited immunity to those who report drug overdoses to the proper authorities passed the state Senate unanimously today (with one Senator not voting). The bill is SB2070, sponsored by Senator Howard Anderson, a Republican from Turtle Lake. There was no debate after the bill carrier, Senator Grabinger, informed the chamber of