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November 15, 2021  •  

North Dakota Special Session Adjourns

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The North Dakota Legislature adjourned the special session on November 12 after approving the redistricting maps and passing several other bills including bills banning critical race theory in schools and vaccinee mandates. This does not affect lobbyist reporting. 

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has called a special session of the Legislature to begin November 8. Lawmakers had announced a special session in September to begin November 8 but Burgum’s announcement means lawmakers will not be limited to the […]

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The North Dakota Ethics Commission unanimously approved an exception to the gift ban for food or beverage with a value of $10 or less, excluding gratuity, purchased for a public official in conjunction with an informal social and educational event. […]

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North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved petitions for term limits, changes to the constitutional amendment process, and to recall state House District 24 Rep. Dwight Kiefert. The term limits petition would limit the governor and legislators to eight […]

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The North Dakota Ethics Commission has proposed a limited food and drink exception to the rules banning gifts between lobbyists and public officials implemented last year. The proposed rule change adds an exception for food or beverage with a value […]

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill amending the State Government Ethics Act to transfer authority to assess penalties for lobbyist gift and campaign contribution violations from the secretary of state to the Ethics Commission. House Bill 1295 also […]

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North Dakota Rep. Keith Kempenich is sponsoring a bill to add reimbursement for meals to the compensation received by lawmakers who live outside Bismarck. The bill is being proposed just as the lobbyist gift ban approved by voters in 2018 […]

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The North Dakota Legislature convened January 5 for the 2021 session with improvements to live streaming and remote technology, making remote testimony by the public possible. Committee meetings and floor sessions will be carried live. House and Senate floor sessions […]

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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion confirming the Ethics Commission is constitutionally authorized to create a rule expanding the definitions for “lobby” and “lobbyist” for purposes of the new gift rules. The opinion was issued in response to a […]

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The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Gov. Doug Burgum does not have the statutory or constitutional authority to appoint a replacement for a state House seat won by a candidate who died before the election. David Andahl died on Oct. […]

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Voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have required approval of the legislature or voter approval twice for all initiated ballot measures. The amendment needed a simple majority of votes to pass. As of Wednesday morning, with 91% of votes […]

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Voters defeated a constitutional amendment changing the membership and meeting requirements of the state board of higher education. The failure of the measure keeps the number of individuals who serve on the state board of higher education at eight and […]

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Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Burgum easily won reelection in North Dakota. As of Wednesday morning, with 86% of votes counted, Burgum prevailed over Democratic candidate Shelley Lenz by roughly 42 percentage points. Additionally, Libertarian candidate DuWayne Hendrickson collected about 4 […]

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The North Dakota Supreme Court granted a writ of injunction to keep Measure 3 off the ballot. In a unanimous ruling, the justices enjoined Secretary of State Al Jaeger from placing the initiated measure on the ballot. The measure seeks […]

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