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Bid to restrict divorces fails

South Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill on Wednesday that would have removed a common reason used by married couples seeking divorces, which would have made it more difficult to divorce. Rep. Tony Randolph, R-Rapid City, introduced legislation to remove “irreconcilable differences” as a legal reason for couples to get divorced. Irreconcilable differences is one of Read More…

WYOMING LEGISLATORS AIM TO TACKLE ‘EPIDEMIC’ OF MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND CHILDREN

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Legislators from both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate came together on the morning of Monday, Feb. 17 to discuss one of the most important issues hitting Native American communities. “This is an epidemic,” Laramie County Sen. Affie Ellis told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday morning. She was at Read More…

Bill to restrict child marriages in Wyoming defeated in the House

CHEYENNE — For the second straight year, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted down a bill to restrict child marriages in Wyoming, even after the addition of several provisions intended to loosen the bill. The final vote was 31-28. Reps. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance; David Miller, R-Riverton; Jim Blackburn, R-Cheyenne; Jared Olsen, R-Cheyenne; and Cyrus Western, Read More…

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Bid to restrict divorces fails

South Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill on Wednesday that would have removed a common reason used by married couples seeking divorces, which would have made it more difficult to divorce. Rep. Tony Randolph, R-Rapid City, introduced legislation to remove “irreconcilable differences” as a legal reason for couples to get divorced. Irreconcilable differences is one of Read More…

WYOMING LEGISLATORS AIM TO TACKLE ‘EPIDEMIC’ OF MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND CHILDREN

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Legislators from both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate came together on the morning of Monday, Feb. 17 to discuss one of the most important issues hitting Native American communities. “This is an epidemic,” Laramie County Sen. Affie Ellis told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday morning. She was at Read More…

Bill to restrict child marriages in Wyoming defeated in the House

CHEYENNE — For the second straight year, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted down a bill to restrict child marriages in Wyoming, even after the addition of several provisions intended to loosen the bill. The final vote was 31-28. Reps. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance; David Miller, R-Riverton; Jim Blackburn, R-Cheyenne; Jared Olsen, R-Cheyenne; and Cyrus Western, Read More…

Gov. Burgum champions North Dakota’s progress, potential in 2020 State of the State address

Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday called North Dakota’s future “full of boundless opportunity” as he outlined a blueprint for the state’s oil tax savings fund and announced opportunities for workforce and community development. The first-term Republican governor gave his State of State address at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. It’s his second such address Read More…

WYOMING LAWMAKER CRITICIZES ‘WOMEN ACTING LIKE SEXUAL OBJECTS’ DURING SUPER BOWL

CASPER, Wyo. — A member of the Wyoming Legislature criticized “women acting like sexual objects on national television” following the Sunday, Feb. 2 Super Bowl. House District 31 Representative Scott Clem said on Facebook that American culture “is sick and twisted, pushing over-sexualization everywhere.” Clem shared this article from the Miami Herald in which they report that evangelist Franklin Read More…

North Dakota delegation rejoices after Trump signs North American trade deal

If Canada ratifies the new trade deal as expected, it would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which President Donald Trump views as unfair to American workers. BISMARCK — The three members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation expressed gratitude to President Donald Trump after he signed the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Read More…

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon Is Nation’s Most Popular

REPUBLICAN GOV. MARK Gordon, who took his seat as Wyoming’s 33rd governor in 2019, is the most popular governor in America, according to Morning Consult’s latest survey.   The global technology company releases a survey identifying the country’s most and least popular governors every three months, with the most recent survey taken from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Read More…

Too much power? Too much money?

GRAND FORKS — State Sen. Ray Holmberg remembers when the relationship between the North Dakota University System and the Legislature was more tenuous.   Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, a longtime member of the Legislature and leader of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says that around 2013, the relationship was especially fractured.   “The relationship was, shall we Read More…

Wyoming lawmakers toy with overhauling utility commission to buoy coal

Wyoming utility regulators may soon be in for a wild ride.   For decades, the Wyoming Public Service Commission has upheld an unequivocal mission: “provide safe and reliable service to customers at just and reasonable rates.”   It’s a mantra that state regulators repeatedly declared Tuesday when testifying before the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee.   Read More…

Gov. Doug Burgum announces reelection campaign

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford are running for reelection. The duo announced their campaign in a video released early Thursday morning, Oct. 24. “North Dakota is certainly headed in the right direction,” Burgum said during the two-minute plus video. “Jobs are up, wages are higher, unemployment is down, young people are staying.” Read More…

Wyoming legislators look at redistricting

CASPER – At the close of the 2020 census, Wyoming’s lawmakers – like those in half the states around the nation – will sink their teeth into the arduous task of drawing up the legislative districts that will decide the landscape of the state’s elections over the next decade. The Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections Read More…

Senator John Thune Visits Large Ethanol Producer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials say 40 percent of South Dakota’s corn supply is used for ethanol production. Today Senator John Thune visited one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol following a big announcement from the Trump Administration. Last week the administration announced plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, which Read More…

Bismarck senator wants to look at companies buying up North Dakota mobile home parks

BISMARCK, N.D. – Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, is asking Legislative Management, which handles the interim committee work for legislators, to consider a new study this interim over concerns about mobile home parks around the state being bought by capital investment firms. Utah-based Havenpark Capital purchased two Bismarck parks- Colonial Estates and Holiday Park, in July. Dever Read More…

The North Dakota Chief Justice is making history

Have you ever wondered who’s working hard inside the state capitol? I’m talking about the heavy hitters, those making decisions year-round. One of those people is Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle. VandeWalle is the longest-serving Supreme Court chief justice in the state’s history and the longest-serving of all the active justices in the United States. “I Read More…

Wyoming’s governor approached Mexico about coal export possibilities

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon contacted the Mexican government about the possibility of using the country’s ports to export the state’s coal to markets overseas, an official with the Mexican consulate’s office in Denver said Tuesday. At a forum hosted by the Wyoming Business Alliance in Casper, Consul General Berenice Rendón-Talavera told the audience that the Read More…

Judge blocks new North Dakota abortion law, finds it violates physicians’ constitutional protections against ‘compelled speech’

BISMARCK — A federal judge blocked the state of North Dakota from enforcing a new law requiring physicians to inform patients that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion Tuesday, Sept. 10, ruling that it violates doctors’ First Amendment protections against “compelled speech.” U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sided with the American Medical Read More…

Burgum names new policy director

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum named Jace Beehler as his new policy director Thursday, Aug. 29. Beehler will take over for Levi Bachmeier, who took a new job as business manager for West Fargo Public Schools. Beehler is currently a policy adviser for the Republican governor. READ FULL STORY