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North Dakota Legislature approves Sunday morning booze sales

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature moved Friday to allow booze sales on Sunday mornings, marking further relaxation of what had been the nation’s toughest business restrictions on that day. The House voted to 49-41 to allow alcohol sales seven days a week begging ...

Coronavirus crash: Church leaders never imagined empty pews

BISMARCK (AP) — Faith life is important to many North Dakotans. Recent surveys show that one in three in this state attend religious services weekly. So when faith leaders made the decision to close their doors in March of 2020, the reaction was immediate. “A bit of shock, I ...

ND Senate kills bill to legalize marijuana

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate on Thursday killed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Only 10 of the chamber’s 47 senators voted for the measure. The bill passed the GOP-led House last month with a 56-38 vote for approval. Backers of the ...

ND warned Ten Commandments bill will spur lawsuits

BISMARCK (AP) — A proposal in North Dakota to shield schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms is unconstitutional and would spur costly and unwinnable legal fights, attorneys and education officials told state lawmakers Wednesday. Despite the ...

Bill shields audit information before possible prosecution

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has passed a bill that would prevent state auditors from releasing information about an investigation until a decision is made on whether it will be criminally prosecuted. Republican Rep. Pat Heinert, a former Burleigh County sheriff, says he sponsored ...

Popcorn machine nixed at ND Capitol after alarms

BISMARCK (AP) — A popcorn machine has been removed from the North Dakota Capitol after it twice triggered fire alarms that brought firefighters to the building this week and caused legislators to evacuate. Rep. Mary Johnson was on her third batch of popcorn Monday afternoon when the machine ...

Amended transgender sports bill applies only to K-12 teams

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some North Dakota senators have amended a transgender sports bill to make the legislation apply only to high school teams and not to college or club sports. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 6-1 in favor of an amended version of a House bill passed last ...

ND lawmakers set to give themselves a pay raise

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota legislators want a pay raise for the second straight session, a move that comes amid the Legislature’s faith in a stable oil-driven economy. The proposed pay boost for lawmakers — 1.5% in the first year of the two-year budget cycle and 2% in the second — is ...

ND bumps budget due to faith in oil outlook

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Legislature on Monday bumped tax collection expectations for the next two-year spending cycle, with budget writers banking on stable oil prices and production. House and Senate appropriation committees predicted general fund tax collections at $4.04 billion, ...

Agency reverses Trump-era oil rights ruling snubbing tribes

FARGO (AP) — The Biden administration has scrapped a Department of Interior opinion under former President Donald Trump that attempted to strip mineral rights under the original Missouri River riverbed from a North Dakota tribal nation. The memorandum posted Friday by the U.S. Department of ...