Category Archive: legislation

May 09

Gov. Deal Signs Craft Beer, Criminal Justice Bills Into Law

WABE/NPR By Tasnim Shamma Today is the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign or veto bills that state lawmakers passed earlier this year. He signed 58 bills into law on Monday. The first one he signed, Senate Bill 85, allows craft breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of beer per year directly to consumers. …

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May 09

Deal Signs Justice System Changes to Offer ‘Redemption’ for Ex-Convicts

The Atlanta Journal  Constitution By Greg Buestein Macon – Gov. Nathan Deal ushered into law the next phase of criminal justice changes on Tuesday, signing a trio of bills that promise smaller-scale changes that he said would bring another “meaningful step forward” for the state’s prison system. With the most sweeping elements of the overhaul …

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Apr 23

Legislation a Key Step in Prison Change

The Bismarck Tribune The Tribune has advocated for some time for changes to reduce the number of inmates serving time in North Dakota. The Legislature has passed legislation this session that should help reach that goal. It wasn’t easy for legislators to make the changes in what’s known as a law and order state, but …

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Apr 21

Burgum Announces Signatures on Bills to Curb Prison Population, Boost Help for Addicts

KFYR/NBC By Max Grossfeld BISMARCK, ND – Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials estimate it costs more than $70 million per year to house the about 1,800 inmates in the state’s prison system, and that doesn’t even take into account the about 1,700 more in county jails. Governor Doug Burgum, R-N.D., announced Friday that he’s …

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Apr 21

Chief Justice Calls Corrections Reform ‘the Right Thing to Do’

The Bismarck Tribune By Caroline Grueskin The state’s top jurist said a package of corrections bills signed by the governor this week was more than fiscally savvy. “It is not only money, it is the right thing to do,” said Gerald VandeWalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. VandeWalle was speaking at a press …

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Apr 21

North Dakota Hails Laws Aimed at Slowing Prison Growth

Associated Press By James Macpherson Gov. Doug Burgum, lawmakers, corrections officials and others on Friday hailed new legislation aimed at slowing prison growth by helping nonviolent offenders through treatment and sentencing alternatives, instead of warehousing them behind bars. The Republican governor called the package of new laws he signed this week “landmark legislation” that addressed …

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Apr 21

Criminal Justice Reinvestment Bill Is Signed into Law

KXMA By Malique Rankin House Bill 1041, signed by Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday, reduces the drug possession charge level from a Class C felony to a Class A misdemeanor for first-time offenders and establishes probation as the presumptive sentence for low-level, nonviolent felonies. It also authorizes a pretrial services pilot project to free up limited …

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Mar 28

Justice Reinvestment Bill Moves Forward

The Bismarck Tribune By Nick Smith A centerpiece of state criminal justice reform efforts this session inched one step further in its legislative journey after unanimously clearing the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning. “There are some that will benefit from this,” said Sen. Larry Robinson, D-Valley City, adding the state should try to help those …

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Mar 26

Legislature Considering Solutions to State’s Overcrowded Prisons, Jails

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle By Whitney Bermes Montana’s prison population is over capacity, growing and continuing to put pressure on local jails, but a package of bills before the Legislature this session aims to reverse that trend. The 12 pieces of legislation, nine of which are still alive, hit a wide array of issues among …

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Mar 24

Prison Bills Put N.D. On the Right Path

The Bismarck Tribune The Tribune Editorial Board has for a long time supported steps that result in fewer people being jailed and them becoming productive citizens. Senate Bill 2015 is a move in that direction. The bill intends to develop tiered services statewide for people on probation and parole. The services would tie in with …

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