Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
Despite a committee's "do not pass" recommendation, the North Dakota Senate passed a resolution on Monday, March 4, to study state and tribal practices in preserving cultural sites. Two Democratic-NPL senators urged the full chamber to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 4017, citing the significance of tribal culture and the need to preserve historic and sacred sites before knowledge of them is gone.
BISMARCK — Remote access to North Dakota court records is a bit closer to becoming a reality. The state Supreme Court returned a proposal to rewrite Administrative Rule 41 — which governs public access to court records — to the Court Services Administration Committee to consider public comments received on the draft. The committee met Jan. 18 to review the comments.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has made cybersecurity a priority in his budget vision, and North Dakota lawmakers began to dig into the topic Friday, Jan 4. The Senate Political Subdivisions Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 2110, which would define cybersecurity in state law and give responsibility to the state Information Technology Department to "advise, oversee and regulate cybersecurity strategy" for state agencies and public entities, such as higher education, cities, counties and school districts.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has proposed a budget plan to replenish North Dakota's rainy day fund, a move others in state government see as a priority for the next biennium. The Budget Stabilization Fund was drained of $572 million to offset revenue shortfalls in 2016 and 2017. As of Oct. 31, the fund sits at about $114 million. That total includes a $75 million cap from oil tax revenue and $38 million from last biennium's general fund. Anything over $65 million in the general fund at the end of a biennium goes into the Budget Stabilization Fund.
BISMARCK — A former employee of the North Dakota Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division is facing felony charges that she embezzled thousands of dollars in customer transactions. Dorma Jean Steier, 62, of Mandan, N.D., is charged with felony counts of theft, forgery and deceptive writings. She is set for trial in early January.
BISMARCK — No one agrees on much about Measure 3. The initiated statutory measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota for people older than 21 is on the November ballot, with smokin' hot arguments rolled within. “I think it’s a great law. I think the law is wonderfully written,” said David Owen, who chairs the Measure 3 sponsoring committee.
MANDAN, N.D.—Mandan police are not releasing the name of a man injured in an officer-involved shooting because they are unsure if he will invoke his Marsy's Law rights. "We're not in touch with him because of the fact we're not doing the investigation, and so, until we know that for sure, we are not going to be (releasing the name) because we don't want to overstep that," Mandan Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said Monday, Oct. 15. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has opened a probe into the Oct. 9 shooting, of which few details are available.
MANDAN, N.D.—Sherilyn Johnson unloads her arms of lesson materials after walking into Sweet Briar School, the sounds of playing children behind her. Model airplanes and a solar system hang from the ceiling. Maps, artwork and lesson plans cover the walls and boards. A bearded dragon basks in a terrarium. "Our latest addition. Isn't that great?" Johnson said, looking at the tiny reptile that is the subject of a science project.
BISMARCK—Defense and prosecuting attorneys are giving no ground in the case of a licensed addiction counselor charged with hindering Bismarck police in a methadone patient's arrest. Kiki Schatz, who works at Heartview Foundation in Bismarck, is accused of misdemeanor hindering law enforcement for refusing police entry to the treatment center to arrest Brendan Kapfer for allegedly violating a domestic violence protection order. Schatz invoked Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which provides confidentiality for patients seeking treatment for addiction.
BISMARCK—In an email to members of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, former state Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler appeared unapologetic about the email that led to his resignation Monday, Oct. 1. Gov. Doug Burgum accepted Schuler's resignation after Schuler sent a staffwide email and attachment Monday morning expressing his personal thoughts on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process — a message Burgum described as "unacceptable."