Latest North Dakota State Legislative Assembly News

Wardner: Lawmakers won't be recalled over auditor measure

May. 13, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers won't be called back into session over legislation that limits the powers of the state auditor, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said Monday. "We're going to work this thing out," the Republican said during an hourlong meeting at the state Capitol. Wardner...

North Dakota affordable housing fund gets $7.5M

May. 10, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are reinstating a program that subsidizes affordable housing projects, but the state funding is much lower than supporters had hoped for. Legislators approved $7.5 million for the Housing Incentive Fund, which has helped finance 2,500 rental units since 2011,...

Wardner: Lawmakers may be recalled over auditor legislation

May. 9, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers could be called back into session over legislation that limits the powers of the state auditor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said Thursday. "Right now, I wouldn't but it is a possibility," Wardner told The Associated Press. Wardner said he and...

New law gives legislators power to block audits

May. 6, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Audits of state agencies that often have turned up evidence of wrongdoing now must get the blessing of the Legislature before they may begin, a move the state auditor says will hurt his ability to perform independent reviews. Auditor Joshua Gallion, an elected Republican, said Monday...

Backers seek funds for North Dakota Teddy Roosevelt library

May. 5, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Walmart heir, a wealthy governor and energy companies profiting from North Dakota oil could fund a big chunk of the private money needed by developers of a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the western Badlands where he hunted and ranched before becoming the 26th U.S....

Fulfilling voter-approved ethics reform up to commission

May. 4, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Powerful Republicans in North Dakota's Legislature got the ethics reform they wanted this session. Whether it will come close to what Democrats and others wanted after voters endorsed the idea in 2018 will be determined largely by the commission now being assembled to oversee the...

Burgum spikes 'misleading' bill on Legacy budgeting

May. 2, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed legislation Thursday that would have prevented the state from budgeting earnings from its $6 billion oil tax savings account until they are in hand, saying legislators are trying to make it appear the state has less money than it does. The veto is the latest...

Record budget, notable policy changes in legislative session

Apr. 27, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers wrapped up their session with a record $14.7 billion budget spurred by a rebounding economy due largely to strong oil prices and production. Over 76 days, lawmakers also approved about 500 bills — and talked about many more that didn't pass. Here's a look...

The Latest: Legislature wraps after passing record budget

Apr. 26, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the North Dakota Legislature wrapping up its session (all times local): 10:15 p.m. North Dakota legislators have wrapped up their 2019 session. The House and Senate finished their work late Friday night, amid a backdrop of a rebounding economy that resulted in a record...

Legislature adjourns after passing record budget

Apr. 26, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature ended its 2019 session late Friday amid a rebounding economy that freed up lawmakers to greatly boost state spending on education, human services and infrastructure projects. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, the Senate's presiding officer, hit the final gavel at...