North Dakota legislators will take another look at the state’s DUI law just a few months after it went into effect. The interim Judiciary Committee will begin holding meetings in the coming months to review a few aspects of the law.
The latest open records query by the research arm of the Legislature seeks every email to or from the 10 presidents of North Dakota’s public universities and colleges since July 2012, a massive request that officials think will take until the end of the year to fulfill.
I was so disappointed to see the decision made by state Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, to exclude Democratic members of Legislative Management from leadership roles during the legislative interim session.
Since the end of the 2013 legislative session, we’ve seen several news stories projecting a 40 percent decrease in property taxes, thanks to the passage of House and Senate tax-relief bills — along with statements that if property owners don’t see such relief, they should hold their local governments accountable.
The election of Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, a 38-year veteran of the Legislature and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as chairman of the interim Legislative Management Committee may signal a shift to a more moderate and a more collegial Legislature.
The recent ND legislative session should have been the moment our state pieced together a 30-year plan to lead the nation in innovative means across all sectors both public and private. Instead, it was clear under current leadership there is no plan to implement a visionary future for North Dakota.
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