DEM-NPL Legislators Introduce “Smart Oversight” Legislation

DEM-NPL Legislators Introduce “Smart Oversight” Legislation

Proposals would fosters responsible oil and gas development

(Bismarck, N.D.) – Dem-NPL legislators today announced the introduction of legislation aimed at “smart oversight” of the development of North Dakota’s oil and gas resources. The three bills would provide sensible separation of the regulation and promotion of oil and natural gas development, meaningful transparency with regard to the Industrial Commission’s settlement of fines, and safeguards in the siting and placement of gathering and saltwater pipelines.

“The heart of the ‘smart oversight’ initiative is sensible regulation, not necessarily more …

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Sinner introduces legislation promoting rail safety

Sinner introduces legislation promoting rail safety

Bill would create Rail Safety Committee, provide funding for safety improvements

(BISMARCK, N.D.) – During a press conference Thursday, Senator George Sinner, D-Fargo, announced the introduction legislation addressing rail safety. The bill, SB 2293 creates a 5-member Rail Safety Committee and reallocates the special fuels excise tax paid by railroads on diesel fuel into a rail safety fund controlled by the Public Service Commission.

Since 2006, there have been 948 total accidents/incidents involving rails or rail cars in the state of North Dakota, including 170 derailments …

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Dem-NPL: Address present challenges and make permanent investments to strengthen state of the state in decades to come

Dem-NPL: Address present challenges and make permanent investments to strengthen state of the state in decades to come

Amid falling oil prices, Dem-NPL leaders call on GOP to scrap income tax elimination plan, work together to reform property taxes and maintain stable state budget

(BISMARCK, N.D.) – In response to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s state of the state address, House and Senate Dem-NPL leaders, Representative Kenton Onstad and Senator Mac Schneider, today called for urgent action to address oil impacts and long-term investments to diversify North Dakota’s economy in the decades beyond the current biennium. The legislative leaders also called on the GOP majority to …

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DEM-NPL Leaders Find Areas of Agreement, Room for Improvement in 2015 Budget

DEM-NPL Leaders Find Areas of Agreement, Room for Improvement in 2015 Budget

(BISMARCK, ND) — In response to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s announcement of the 2015 executive budget address this morning, House Dem-NPL Leader Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall), Assistant House Dem-NPL Leader Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks), Senate Dem-NPL Leader Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks), and Assistant House Dem-NPL Leader Joan Heckaman (D-New Rockford) issued the following statement:

“With North Dakota’s economic good fortune, we have the ability to address immediate needs and double-down on our opportunities,” the Dem-NPL legislative leaders said. “The executive budget identifies priorities that we have long supported, …

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Schneider, Oversen, Boschee Request Investigation

Schneider, Oversen, Boschee Request Investigation

Earlier today, Senator Mac Schneider and Representatives Kylie Oversen and Joshua Boschee sent a letter to the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office requesting an investigation into a potential violation of the Corrupt Practices Act by the Brighter Future Fund, a “Super PAC” with close ties to the Odney Advertising Agency.

The letter comes after emails were sent yesterday to UND and NDSU college students’ state-issued “.edu” addresses urging them to vote for Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

One of the Corrupt Practices Act …

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Volunteers Welcomed to Stop in Any of Our 11 Field Offices

Volunteers Welcomed to Stop in Any of Our 11 Field Offices

2,936 votes.

That was Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s margin of victory in 2012.

How did Heidi win? Because of our volunteers.

Our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort made all the difference then — it will make ALL the difference now.

George Sinner, Ryan Taylor, Jason Astrup, and so many of our legislative candidates have an outstanding chance at winning their races. We need to help them get across the finish line.

We will be working around the clock up until the polls close on Election Day. Your help is needed …

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Heitkamp, Sinner, Taylor to Visit Five Cities on Monday, Rally Volunteers Before Election Day

Heitkamp, Sinner, Taylor to Visit Five Cities on Monday, Rally Volunteers Before Election Day

Senator and Candidates Will Stop by Dem-NPL Campaign Offices Throughout ND to Make Phone Calls with Volunteers, Rally Supporters & Knock on Doors to Encourage North Dakotans to Get Out and Vote on Election Day

(BISMARCK, N.D.) – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp; Dem-NPL nominee for U.S. House, State Senator George Sinner, and Agriculture Commissioner candidate Ryan Taylor, will rally supporters and volunteers during visits to five cities across North Dakota on the eve of Election Day.

During their stops throughout North Dakota, Heitkamp, Sinner, and Taylor …

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Fairfield calls out Al Jaeger on his wasteful spending

Fairfield calls out Al Jaeger on his wasteful spending

(FARGO, ND)—North Dakota Democratic-NPL Secretary of State candidate April Fairfield held a press conference today criticizing Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s continued pattern of wasteful spending.

“Twenty-two years ago my opponent was elected Secretary of State on a promise to end wasteful spending. Today, he has overspent millions more than projected in a failed attempt to update the office’s technology. He will likely spend millions more to complete the first phase of a project, that was suppose to have been completed in 2008.

“After twenty-two years in …

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N.D. Republicans, Margaret Sitte break state law banning robo-calls

N.D. Republicans, Margaret Sitte break state law banning robo-calls

(BISMARCK, ND) – District 35 Senator Margaret Sitte and the North Dakota Republican Party have admitted to making campaign robo-calls on behalf of Senator Sitte into District 35 in violation of North Dakota law.

Complaints from District 35 residents to the Attorney General’s office resulted in notification to both the Sitte campaign and the North Dakota Republican Party to end the calls. There was no word if either Sitte or the Republican Party had been fined for violating the law.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chairman Bob Valeu …

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Republican supermajority “not being truthful” on cutting oil extraction tax

Republican supermajority “not being truthful” on cutting oil extraction tax

Under supermajority scheme, 30% cut would have taken effect in July, costing state millions.

(FARGO, ND – October 24, 2014) – At a news conference in Fargo today, North Dakota Democratic-NPL Senate Leader Mac Schneider (District 42, Grand Forks) called out the Republican supermajority for deliberately misleading voters about Republican efforts in the 2013 legislature to cut the oil extraction tax. Several Democratic-NPL legislative candidates from throughout eastern North Dakota joined Schneider at the event.

“North Dakota Democrats are here to set the record straight: Every member …

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