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. ....................................................... = ....... - ....... : ....... )- ........... J~-.'4~.---.- ....... L ...... :__-_.L ............................................................................. , MUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ' WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017 Page 5 By Janne Myrdal Sen. District 10 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The second week of the Legislative Session is just ending and it has been interesting to say the least. Thank you to all the constituents who con- tacted me on a variety of issues. Then Session has settled into a normal schedule and bills are coming out of com- mittees at a hectic rate. Deadlines are ap- proaching fast for submitting bills. We passed out of Agriculture committee the large revision bills I mentioned last week after giving opportunity for all the AG Commodity groups to have input. The bills will likely come to the floor late next week. Again, these bills were houseclean- ing and do not change current policy. But due to the size of revisions we wanted to make sure there were not any slight mis- takes therein. In Judiciary, the docket is full as ex- pected. The bills passed out of committee this week dealt with criminal background checks, study of juvenile justice laws and provisions and concealed carry. We have scheduled an informational committee meeting to clarify the effects on Marcy's law that passed last election as said law has an effect on many of the bills we face in committee and the details are fluid in being ironed out to fit into the issues we face re- Controversial marriage bill hits the floor lating to victims of crime. Assessment in this bill is equal to an unfair The focus of course is very much still on tax burden. I oppose this strongly. As far the budget, and also the effects on every as its up to me, I will fight any proposal committee as we look at bills with a fiscal that puts the burden of balancing the impact, budget on the backs of our long term care Some of the issues this week have been residents. Hopefully this bill will get a Do highly controversial and suffice to say our Not Pass on the House side and I will not email inboxes have been full. I was asked see it here in the Senate. to carry one of these bills on the floor. The One bill of interest to man , is a House bill was brought neutrally to the Session by bill coming regarding Constitutional Carry, Legislative management due to Interim relating to 2nd Amendment rights, - as of Committee study and was consequently writing this I am not aware of the # of this voted down by a margin of 31-15. Key bill yet, but keep you updated as many D 10 factor in the marriage definition bill was constituents will be following that bill. that this bill would have created unneces- We were privileged as a Senate Majority sary discrepancies between Century Code Caucus to have a detailed report of the and the ND Constitution. I try to answer all emails from District DAPL protests given to us by Colonel Ger- hart of ND State Patrol. I am in awe of 10, and if time, those from other areas. Messages from District 10 constituents has the restraint and professionalism my our been 99% in support of the votes on bills law enforcement in dealing with this issue that have come before me so far, but please since early fall. So far DAPL has cost the know I sincerely appreciate any comments state of North Dakota around $22 million, or discussion no matter opinion on issues and will likely exceed $30 million with the that matter to you. We may come away at ongoing conflict. I am utterly grateful for times disagreeing, but I think it important the work of our law enforcement! to have open and respectful, - key word re- It is almost impossible to cover all top- spectful, discussion on issues, ics in these updates, but please feel free to One bill of great concern and that many contact me on any bills/issues of interest to of you have been contacted me about is a you House bill 1130 (HBll30) dealing with Editor's Note: Myrdal is a Senator in the "assessments" on long term care residents. North Dakota Senate for District 10. Campbell's Capitol Clips: By Tom Campbell Sen. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- I had a chance to sit down with our senate majority leader Rich Wardner in giving me a short weekend review on the first two weeks. This session will be focused on the budget is- sues where downward adjustments of revenue $170 million from Dec forecast have been noted. Revenue transfers from Bank of ND may be at $125 M, Mill Elevator $6 M, and Legacy Fund interest $160 M to mention a few. On a positive note K- 12 only needs $44M instead of $100M, Medicaid Expansion only needs $22M instead of $35M. SB 2043 was the controversial bill that proposed changing the wording of what constitutes a marriage from one man and woman to two individuals. It was defeated 31 opposed 15 for in the Senate. At the end of the day this law was decided by our US Supreme Court so the decision today is irrelevant because the law of the land that a mar- riage is between two individuals. Tuesday was "Law Day" at the Capitol and I visited with Grand Forks Police officer Ferguson and Nelson. Also had an update from Col. Gerhart superintendent of the ND Highway Patrol on what the oil protestors have caused to date. Resources and costs diverted from normal operations to ensure public safety include tax payers cost of $22 million, 581 non-peaceful arrests of which 182 were made to criminals with prior records. I want to personally thank all who have risks their lives to ensure our safety, way to go officers. I hope the Trump and Burgurn Administrations will do what it takes to end this mess of a misinformed violent protesting group so we can continue to build the safest way to export oil to a world where everyone has adapted to using this energy. @ @ I was invited to discuss Autism with Janice and Charley Kern and Jalene and Ethan Suda. I learned how early treatment for autism can 0 cure and help but unfortunately 90 of families do not have money to give the needed attention or funds to pay for treatment. I was very impressed with Ethan Suda who was diagnosed with autism, at a young age, on his tremendous accomplishments especially as a 7th grader who already has plans with his life career. What a delight for me to see such love and affection given by the Suda and Kern fami- lies who have been blessed with autistic sons who have proven that we need to support additional funding for autism. We passed Senate Bill 2115 which adds 2 members to the autism spectrum disorder board including an adult with autism. Rural Leadership ND is a 18-month dynamic leadership develop- ment program designed for men and women who are dedicated to strengthening Ag, their community and the state of ND for the future. Lynnel Popowski, who is a 2007 alumni from Warsaw, ND repre- sented our district 19 at a social gathering. Way to go Lynnell! Interviewing Senator Laffen regarding his proposed 80mph speed limit bill. He indicated it is only for interstate 29 and 94, traffic speed is 80 now, should save $2 million violations and give more respect for the law. What do you think? I would like to invite all school officials to bring your students or anyone to visit your state capitol and see how a bill gets introduced and run through the legislature before comes law., cell 701-520-2727, facebook, instagram or snapchat are ways you can communicate with me. Senator Tom Campbell Editor's Note: Campbell is a Senator in the North Dakota Senate for District 19. 25TH ANNUAL 2017 RED RIVER VALLEY & Marine Products FARGODOME - JAN. 27-29 Jan. 28-29,2017 Saturday 9-5 I Sunday 20-4 FIRST CARE HEALTH CENTER kicking First Care Health Center will be off a 10 week session of the Biggest Loser on Tuesday Feb. 7th. How much: $30/person. 100% of the pot will be paid back out to the winners Weigh ins: Initial weigh ins: Feb. 7th 7:45-9am and 4:30-5:15pm. Tues. Feb. 7th will be our baseline weight.. All following weekly weigh ins will be Tuesdays 7:45-9am and 4:30-5:15pm. 1 st place will get 50% of pot, 2nd place will get 30% and 3rd place will get 20%. The more people that sign up, the bigger the pot, so encourage people to participate. Everyone will get a small snack at each weigh in. To sign up or for more information Call or text (701) 270-8468 and leave a message or email christina.bata@ 1 stca re hc. corn Book Now for Lowest Per Bushel Rate Dec. 70 Jan. 75 Feb. 80 Call today for your cleaning appointment. (701) 657-2127 FARGO, N.D. -- At their De- CEO. "Being able to pay patronage cember meeting, the AgCountry is an important part of the value we Farm Credit Services Board of Di- provide. We're proud to be able to rectors declared a $21 million cash put our earnings back in the hands patronage dividend based on 2016 of our member-owners." earnings. The dividend will be dis- "Our goal is to provide top- tributed to member-owners in March notch financial solutions while re- of 2017. maining competitive in our market. AgCountry's patronage program It's great to be able to pay patronage grants the Board of Directors the back in addition to that," adds Ag- ability to distribute a portion of the Country Board Chair Greg Nelson. association's net income to its mem- "Our cooperative had another strong ber-owners when financial condi- year." tions allow for it. This marks the Headquartered in Fargo, ND, fourth consecutive yearAgCountry AgCountry provides credit and fi- is paying out a patronage dividend nancial services to farmers, ranch- to its member-owners, ers and rural customers in eastem "As a farmer-owned cooperative, ND and northwest and west central our mission is to serve agricul- MN and to agribusinesses acrossthe ture," says Bob Bahl, President and United States. STATEWIDE -- Fifty one law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign from November 1, 2016 through December 15, 2016 to help save lives on North Dakota roads. A total of 2,124 citations were attributed to the enforcement patrols. Of the total citations, 660 were citations for failure to use a proper safety re- straint and 22 were child restraint citations. Tickets for speeding totaled 904. The traffic stops also resulted in 24 drug arrests, five driving under the influence (DUI) citations, four citations for distracted driving and one felony violation. Failure to use a seat belt is the most significant factor associated with motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths. In 2015, 61 percent of traffic fa- talities in North Dakota had no restraint system in use with 42 percent of those fatalities being partially or totally ejected from the vehicle. Funding for additional traffic safety enforcement is provided by fed- eral grant money distributed through the NDDOT. High-visibility en- forcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to elim- inate motor vehicle deaths in North Dakota. 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