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The Legislative Session that goes on and on
Prairie Public, Dave ThompsonOctober 18, 2021

One could say this has been a strange time for the North Dakota Legislature.

Lawmakers have had to deal with COVID protocols, two large federal tranches of COVID relief money, and the upcoming redistricting session.

“With COVID-19 protocols, nothing surprises me any more,” said House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Carrington). “We just have to continue marching forward.”

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) said lawmakers have lived it, and made it.

“Things have really gone well for us,” Wardner said.

Wardner said the Legislature was able to allow remote participation by legislators, as well as remote testimony from citizens. And Wardner said people can now tune into committee meetings, as well as House and Senate floor sessions, and see what’s going on.

“It’s quite a transformation,” Wardner said. “I’m really proud of our state.”

Wardner also gave kudos to his fellow legislators.

“They’re tough people,” Wardner said. “They work hard.”

House Minority Leader Josh Boschee said it has been odd.

“It has been a full-time session for us since February, 2020, when we started preparing for the pandemic,” Boschee said. “I’m hopeful for the middle of November, that we all get to go home and hopefully have a rest.”

The special session begins Nov. 8th. On the agenda: redistricting, and how to spend the $1 billion in the latest federal COVID relief package. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have been meeting to go through the requests for funding from the federal ARPA money. The committees will meet next week to determine what will make the cut for the special session, and what items will have to wait for the next session.

Ideas for North Dakota’s new legislative map discussed
Associated Press, James MacPhersonSeptember 8, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican-controlled legislative committee on Wednesday began floating ideas for new North Dakota legislative districts, with little option than to shift the political balance of power to the state’s urban areas for the next decade.

The Legislature must draw new political boundaries based on the 2020 census to make sure every lawmaker is representing about the same number of people.

“What we’re doing here is not rocket science — it really is just arithmetic,” said Grand Forks GOP Sen. Ray Holmberg, who is serving on his fifth redistricting panel. His first was in 1981.

The panel of 14 Republicans and two Democrats met Wednesday in Fargo for its second meeting. It’s the only meeting that will be held outside of Bismarck. A third meeting is scheduled next week.

North Dakota Dem-NPL elects Patrick Hart as new chair
KVRR, Raya QuttainehMay 8, 2021

Dem-NPL leaders from across North Dakota elected Patrick Hart to serve as the new State Party Chair on Saturday.

Hart is a small business owner living in Bismarck. He previously served as the Dem-NPL Vice Chair.

Vice Chair Kari Breker, DNC Committeeman Adam Goldwyn, Treasurer Tracey Wilkie, and Secretary Birgit Pruess were also elected.

“Together, we’ll fight for the North Dakotans that build our state. From the teachers, well technicians, farmers, and more, I am excited to build this party around you and your families’ needs,” said Hart.

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