North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (Apr. 3, 2017) – The Republican-dominated North Dakota Senate has killed a bill to reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations. A coalition of eight legislators introduced House Bill 1170 (HB1170) on Jan. 6. The legislation would have reformed North…

BISMARCK, N.D. (Feb. 22, 2017) – A North Dakota bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations passed the House yesterday. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off…

BISMARCK, N.D. (Feb. 16, 2017) – A North Dakota bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations passed an important House committee yesterday. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing…

BISMARCK, N.D. (Feb. 9, 2017) – The Republican-dominate North Dakota House killed a bill to ban Common Core implementation. Voting down the bill ensures that the Core will remain in North Dakota. Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-Fargo) and 11 co-sponsors introduced House Bill 1432 (HB1432) on Jan. 16. After receving a “do not pass” recommendation from the…

BISMARCK, N.D. (Jan. 23, 2017) – A bill introduced in the North Dakota House would end Common Core and require legislative approval for implementation of all future education standards. Passage of the legislation would take an important step toward nullifying the nationalized education program in the state. A coalition of eight Republican representatives and four senators…

BISMARCK, N.D. (Jan. 22, 2017) – A bill introduced in the North Dakota House would expand raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect. A coalition of nine representatives and two senators introduced House Bill 1433 (HB1433) on Jan. 16. The legislation would authorize the…

North Dakota is currently the second best state in terms of federal equitable sharing. This is likely because state restrictions are currently so bad. State forfeiture reform without closing the federal loophole would almost certainly increase federal forfeiture in the state.

BISMARCK, ND, Nov. 8, 2016 – Voters in North Dakota and Arkansas have approved ballot measures legalizing medical marijuana, taking a first step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition of cannabis in effect. Arkansas has become the first state in the Bible Belt to legalize medical marijuana. With their approval of Issue 6 on Tuesday, voters will…