ND House passes water bill denying state funding for Fargo flood diversion

BISMARCK – The North Dakota House of Representatives handedly passed House Bill 1020 this morning, which includes amendments that many Cass County officials say will kill the diversion project.

The bill, which is the State Water Commission’s funding for the next two years, passed with a vote of 90-4. The bill now goes to the state Senate for further discussion.

Those in the House voting against were Reps. Chuck Damschen, R-Hampden, Ben Hanson, D-West Fargo, Dwight Kiefert, R-Valley City, and Jim Schmidt, R-Mandan.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • camsaure

    A step in the right direction.

  • Kyle Toppen

    Great step taken by the house! Few people are aware of the severity of the impacts to downstream residents.