Bismarck Tribune staff
The Center for Consumer Freedom has filed amici curiae, or friend of the court, briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting 13 states, including North Dakota, that are challenging restrictions by California and Massachusetts on what eggs and pork products can be sold in supermarkets. CCF asserts these restrictions adopted by California and Massachusetts are unconstitutional overreaches that seek to require how farmers in other states care for their animals.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has been named one of seven new members to the board of directors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Helgaas Burgum's priority is supporting and developing initiatives for fighting addiction in North Dakota's communities. In long-term recovery for 15 years, she has been using her personal experience to help others battling addiction and to address what she believes is a statewide crisis.
BISMARCK—North Dakota was given a grade of "C," in a report released Monday by the Center for American Progress that provides an overview of election security and preparedness in each state. The report has garnered the attention of politicians in the state, including U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The budget deal signed by President Donald Trump Friday, Feb. 9, removes the funding cap for the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to producers of livestock and honeybees for losses due to weather events and disease. The program is currently capped at $20 million, but demand has been nearly $40 million and is expected to grow, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who introduced legislation to remove the ELAP funding cap in December.
BISMARCK—U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has appointed North Dakota Veteran Affairs Commissioner Lonnie Wangen to the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee effective. "The committee is an important body that advises me on health-care issues affecting enrolled veterans residing in rural areas," Shulkin said. "It will examine ways to improve and enhance VA services for enrolled veterans residing in rural areas by evaluating current program activities and identifying barriers to providing services."