5 things to know today: Redistribution debate, Horace assessments, house arrest, tax deduction, James Kusler
1. North Dakota House proposes redistribution plan after long debate
The North Dakota House of Representatives brought forward a proposal to redraw the state’s political boundaries into 47 legislative districts of roughly equal population.
The map, developed by a Republican-led committee, transforms three rural districts – two in the northeast and one in the southeast – into new districts in the Fargo region, the Williston region and the southwest corner of the state. The shifting lines reflect trends in rural-urban migration and explosive growth in the once sparsely populated oil zone.
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2. West Fargo School District Faces High Special Assessments in Horace
A rendering of what Horace High School will be by JLG Architects. Special at the Forum.
The West Fargo School District has issued another appeal to leaders in the Town of Horace to protest the special assessments which came in higher than expected, but the final numbers remain unchanged.
Last month, Business Director Levi Bachmeier, school board members and Superintendent Beth Slette sent a letter to the Town of Horace describing their surprise at the special amount received for improvements to the avenue that would become the 81st S Avenue, South of West The Horace High School of Fargo Public Schools.
“We are requesting that the certification of special assessments for this project be suspended until a conversation, including the rationale for recommended changes, can take place or the originally proposed assessment amount is reinstated.” , indicates the letter.
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3. Moorhead man under house arrest for part of the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol
Body camera footage shows Jordan Stotts, left, clashing with officers inside the United States Capitol during the January 6 riots. Submitted photo
A man from Moorhead has been sentenced to house arrest and community service for breaking into the United States Capitol with rioters as Congress finalized the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 9, Federal Judge Timothy Kelly sentenced Jordan Kenneth Stotts, 32, to 60 days of house arrest and two years probation for his role in the January 6 riots. He also has to do 60 hours of community service, prosecutors said.
Stotts had previously pleaded guilty to one count of parade, demonstration or picketing in a Capitol building. Three other charges were dismissed.
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4. Burgum-backed income tax relief plan progresses despite opposition from GOP leadership
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, right, speaks during a bill signed April 26, 2021 at the State Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford, left, looks on. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service
North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill to grant state taxpayer rebates, a late-game addition to the special session that was vocally supported by Gov. Doug Burgum but to which s ‘oppose the main Republicans in the Legislative Assembly.
The proposal, which was presented to the House on Tuesday afternoon by Bismarck’s Republican Representative Pat Heinert, would provide up to $ 500 in two-year income tax relief to North Dakotas in s’ building on government surplus revenues from the last budget cycle. Heinert’s bill reflects an idea that Burgum first rolled out in September and that the second-term Republican continued to push until his state-of-state speech that kicked off the extraordinary legislative session Monday morning.
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5. Former North Dakota Secretary of State James Kusler Dies at 73
James Kusler. Photo from the Barbot Funeral Home website.
Former Secretary of State James Kusler, who held the post from 1989 to 1993, died on Sunday, November 7.
Kusler is the only Democrat to hold the post of secretary of state for North Dakota, according to the North Dakota Democratic Party-NPL.
“As the only Dem-NPLer to serve as Secretary of State to date, Jim has always put the needs of North Dakotas first during his tenure, with passion, energy and a knack for working on the other. side of the aisle, “Tyler Hogan, executive director of the Democratic-NPL party, said in a statement. “The Dem-NPL mourns the loss of our dear friend, and we extend our deepest condolences to the Kusler family.”
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