BISMARCK - The North Dakota Senate passed an amended bill Friday on the state's cottage foods law. Backers of Senate Bill 2269 say it would make North Dakota the second least restrictive state for cottage foods — behind Wyoming — while adding definitions for "clarity and conformity." Opponents criticized the original bill for being too onerous, as well as for its labeling and transport requirements. Sen. Jerry Klein, R-Fessenden, introduced the bill, which left the Senate Agriculture Committee on a 5-1 "do pass" recommendation. The bill passed 42-2 on Feb. 15.
BISMARCK — Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., has donated his salary from the 35-day partial government shutdown to the Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck. Armstrong gave a check for $7,500 to AARC, according to a statement issued by the organization on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
WING, N.D. - After being without water for days, water began to trickle to residents of Wing on Saturday night, according to Burleigh County emergency manager Mary Senger. The extreme cold left the city's water tower pumps frozen Thursday morning, Jan. 31. Crews continued to work on the pumps in subzero temperatures through Friday afternoon. Senger said Burleigh County provided an excavator to dig, and on Saturday they discovered a 20-foot break in one of the lines.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House took a step toward making the state Capitol more accessible Friday, Feb. 1, approving a study of handicapped-accessible parking and other issues. Members voted 89-2 in favor of House Bill 1298, which began as a proposal to move accessible parking closer to the public entrance of the Capitol. Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, said members of the Government and Veterans Affairs Committee amended the bill to make it more broad and consider steps the state can take to improve accessibility.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate unanimously passed a bill that would update an antiquated state law allowing nursing homes to sue children for their parents' unpaid bills. Senate Bill 2225, whose primary sponsor is Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, passed in by a margin of 46-0 on Friday, Feb. 1. The bill would amend the state's filial support law, which requires children to support their indigent parents.
BISMARCK — The occupants of a single-engine airplane were uninjured Tuesday, Jan. 29, after the plane made an emergency, parachute-aided landing shortly after leaving the Bismarck Municipal Airport. Burleigh County emergency manager Mary Senger said Central Dakota Communications Center received the call just after noon Tuesday. Senger said the Cirrus SR22, a four- or five-seat aircraft, was headed for Florida and experienced an oil pressure issue about 17 miles from the airport.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota State Penitentiary remains on lockdown as an investigation continues into the assault of employees during two separate incidents last week. Few details are available, other than seven Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees were evaluated and treated for injuries following last week’s events. The lockdown will remain at least through Tuesday, Jan. 29, as the investigation continues, said Michelle Linster, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
BISMARCK - A House bill that would have reimbursed teachers up to $200 a year for out-of-pocket expenses, such as classroom supplies, failed on Thursday, Jan. 24. Rep. Matthew Ruby, R-Minot, introduced House Bill 1208 to help offset costs teachers incur for various classroom-related expenses. The bill received opposition from education groups that said the bill wouldn't provide enough money for all teachers in the state. The House Education Committee voted 12-2 to give the bill a "do not pass" recommendation.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota State Senate on Friday, Jan. 18, passed a bill that would allow school districts to develop school safety plans and collect additional property taxes to fund them. The Senate easily passed Senate Bill 2052 on a margin of 43-3. A number of amendments were attached to the bill, including requiring school districts to consult with qualified electors in developing a plan and exempting "aspects of the plan addressing the security of students" from state open records laws.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health has printed and issued more that 70 medical marijuana identification cards to qualifying patients and designated caregivers this week, according to a news release. The health department began accepting applications for medical marijuana registry ID cards on Oct. 29. Jason Wahl, director of the health department's Division of Medical Marijuana, said the issuance of the cards brings the program closer to "being fully implemented."