HB1537, introduced by Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), is a complicated piece of policy. The crux of it, however, is creating a process whereby a given person’s firearms can be removed from their possession if a family member or a member of law enforcement signs an affidavit saying the person is dangerous. This excerpt from the bill (which you can read in full below) describes the process for a law enforcement officer to obtain a search warrant and seize firearms from an allegedly dangerous person:
Rob talks about the longest government shutdown in American history, and blames it on a bloated federal government. The states should do more, and the intransigent politicians in Washington D.C. should do less. He also comments on "abortion reversal" legislation proposed in Bismarck for the 2019 session, pointing out that we could probably do more to lower the number of abortions by focusing resources on better sex education and access to contraception. Finally, state Rep.
The current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of America . I’ll leave it to others to debate the circumstances of this shutdown, whether President Donald Trump is right to stand firm on his demand for border wall funding, or if Democrats are right to keep the government shutdown over their opposition to making such an appropriation.
Are initiated measures a good way to make public policy? Rob doesn't think so and points to Measure 1 - a constitutional amendment approved by voters in the 2018 election - as a reason why. Also Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) talks to Rob about a couple of her bills, including one to let people convicted of crimes petition to have their cases sealed and another to end North Dakota's "blue law" prohibition on Sunday openings.
Host Rob Port talks with Governor Doug Burgum about the beginning of the second legislative session of his term in office.
MINOT, N.D. -- With a new session of the state Legislature getting down to business, left-wing commentators in the state have begun their biannual tradition of ripping the long-standing Republican majority as corrupt and evil and out of touch. Their hobby horse this time around is the question of reforming the initiated measure process.
I hate that our politicians, exploiting the populist mores of the electorate, are making a spectacle out of declining their salaries. It’s not just the government shutdown playing out at the national level, part of which has included politicians (including North Dakota’s Senator John Hoeven and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, though not Senator Kevin Cramer) donating their salaries in solidarity with federal workers who are out of work. It’s also politicians like Governor Doug Burgum, who made a campaign promise during his successful run in 2016 to refuse his salary.
Here’s a candidate for the dumbest piece of legislation in the 2019 legislative session. SB2136 , sponsored by state Senator Oley Larson (R-Minot), would amend North Dakota’s law pertaining to required subjects for study in public schools to add in a unit on the Christian bible. The pertinent language, added to a list of required units in the law:
MINOT, N.D. -- I’d very much like to live without income taxes. That’s not just a personal desire. One of the biggest challenges to stability and prosperity here are labor shortages and an economy too dependent on commodity-driven industries. Agriculture and energy are great, but it’s a challenge to ride those ups and downs. Eliminating income taxes would be boon in the ongoing fight to bring in new businesses and new workers.
In North Dakota, when the politicians are writing budgets, they aren’t spending money they have. They’re spending money revenue forecasts predict they’ll have. The lawmakers and various executive branch leaders are, as I write this, down in Bismarck beginning the work of hashing out how to appropriate a two-year budget that will exceed $14 billion (including federal dollars). As you can imagine, those revenue forecasts are pretty important. Yet, in recent years, the inaccuracy of those forecasts have been a major issue.