February 4, 2021

NDGOP’s Legislative Priorities: Thoughts and Prayers, but No Protections for Essential Workers

Bismarck, ND – Yesterday, as the Republican supermajority in the Senate voted in favor of an unconstitutional bill that would allow public schools to push theocracy on students without a parent’s permission, the Republican supermajority in the House was busy deciding that essential workers – which make up 57% of North Dakota’s workforce – were not […]

February 3, 2021

Legislators Say Paid Family Leave is a Win-Win

(BISMARCK, N.D.) – Workers, businesses, and families would benefit from an optional paid family leave program being considered by the North Dakota Legislature. The House Industry, Business, and Labor Committee held a hearing today on HB 1441, which sponsors say would be a win-win for both employees and employers in the state. The bipartisan bill is […]

February 1, 2021

A Line in the Sand has been drawn on Healthcare

Bismarck, ND – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided the people of North Dakota with quality health care for many years, including coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions, and medicaid expansion that have kept rural and critical access facilities afloat. The future of the ACA continues to remain on shaky ground due to a Texas-based lawsuit […]

January 28, 2021

Democratic-NPL Lawmakers Propose Salary Increases for State Employees

BISMARCK, N.D. – Democratic-NPL legislators unveiled their proposal to provide state employees with raises during the 2021-2023 biennium. Sen. Tim Mathern (D-Fargo) unveiled the proposal, which provides a 3 percent increase each year of the biennium. “We’ve taken the governor’s proposal and improved upon it. We’ve kept the governor’s proposals on health insurance and retirement […]

January 27, 2021

North Dakota Should Provide Coverage for Fallen Heroes’ Families

BISMARCK, ND — Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., the House Political Subdivisions Committee will hear testimony on HB 1435, which would continue health insurance coverage for the surviving spouse and dependent children of any police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer killed in the line of duty. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Zac Ista (D-Grand Forks). The […]

January 26, 2021

Essential Workers Deserve Workers Compensation Benefits

(BISMARCK, ND) — Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the House Industry, Business, and Labor Committee will hear testimony on HB 1433, which would allow essential workers to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits if they contracted COVID-19 at their places of work. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Zac Ista (D-Grand Forks). If passed, HB 1433 would […]

Lawmakers Push to Cover Pre-existing Conditions and Essential Health Care Services

(BISMARCK, N.D.) – Sen. Tim Mathern (D-Fargo) introduced a bipartisan bill that will add several healthcare protections in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the North Dakota Century Code. The Senate Committee on Industry, Business, and Labor held a hearing today on the bill this morning. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. […]

January 19, 2021

The Dem-NPL Gives Back

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL, in coordination with the National Day of Service on January 18, hosted a Virtual Food Drive and thank-you note drive for frontline workers. With the help of dozens of volunteers across the state, the Dem-NPL raised $3,860 for the Great Plains Food Bank, which will provide more than 11,500 meals to […]

January 18, 2021

Media Advisory: Democratic-NPL Day of Service and Inauguration Schedule

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL is partnering with the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) to host service events on the National Day of Service. This day, celebrated on January 18, 2021, is a day to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to give back to our communities.The Dem-NPL is hosting a statewide […]

January 13, 2021

The US House Votes to Impeach Trump for a Historic Second Time

Bismarck – Today, the US House of Representatives voted on an article of impeachment that accuses President Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” Members of the voting body reconvened in the US Capitol just one week after the country and world witnessed an unprecedented insurrection on the building, and democracy as a whole. The vote was passed 232 to 197, […]