Latest North Dakota State Legislative Assembly News

North Dakota lawmakers pass vaccine, race theory bills

Nov. 12, 2021 22:34 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday approved bills to prevent COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism, as lawmakers completed their five-day special session. The Senate voted 38-9...

North Dakota House passes coronavirus vaccine mandate bill

Nov. 12, 2021 09:20 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota House representatives have passed a bill that bans government entities, below the federal level, from ordering coronavirus vaccine mandates. The bill passed late Thursday and headed for the Senate Friday also expands exceptions for...

North Dakota Legislature approves new redistricting map

Nov. 10, 2021 16:46 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-controlled Legislature approved a new legislative map Wednesday that reflects a continued loss of political clout in rural areas due to population shifts in the past decade. Though the map maintains 47 legislative...

North Dakota House OKs new legislative redistricting map

Nov. 09, 2021 17:25 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led House on Tuesday endorsed a new legislative map that creates three new districts in the state’s fastest-growing areas but erases an equal amount in population-lean rural regions. Representatives voted 73-18 to...

North Dakota lawmakers advance ban on vaccine mandates

Nov. 08, 2021 17:34 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bills to prevent vaccine mandates and the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism were among a handful of measures approved for advancement Monday during the opening day of the North Dakota Legislature's special session. More than two dozen...

Lawmaker catches COVID-19, must miss his anti-vaccine rally

Nov. 08, 2021 12:39 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker and an organizer of a rally Monday to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates is infected with the coronavirus and won’t attend the event. Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson posted on Facebook Sunday that he was “quarantining and...

North Dakota lawmakers to consider money for gas pipeline

Nov. 06, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposal to use $150 million in federal stimulus money to build another pipeline to carry natural gas from the Bakken region to eastern North Dakota will be on the table as state lawmakers convene at the Capitol. Lawmakers plan to divvy up $1...

Vaccine mandates among bills proposed for special session

Nov. 02, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Many of the more than two dozen bill drafts submitted by North Dakota lawmakers for consideration in their upcoming special session attempt to restrict vaccination requirements and the teaching of critical race theory in public schools. The...

Minot lawmaker barred from flight after run-in with TSA

Oct. 28, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker was barred from boarding a flight at Minot International Airport this week after a run-in with a security agent during a pat down. Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson says he and his wife were planning to travel Monday for their...

North Dakota budget writers finish coronavirus spending plan

Oct. 28, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature’s budget writers agreed Thursday to spend nearly all of the $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus aid available to the state on initiatives ranging from infrastructure improvements and energy projects to workforce development and childcare...