ND Legislative Wrap - Wed.

ND Legislative Wrap - Wed. Click to Enlarge

North Dakota's Legislature has agreed to raise driver's license fees for the first time in more than 30 years.

The House passed the Senate bill 65-25 on Wednesday that raises commercial and non-commercial driver's license fees from $15 to $30. It now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum.

The Legislature last raised the driver's license fees in 1987. Several attempts to raise the fees have been rebuffed by lawmakers, who called it a tax increase.

The increased fees are expected to raise $5.5 million in a two-year budget cycle.

Non-commercial driver's licenses are valid for six years. Commercial driver's licenses are good for four years.

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North Dakota's Senate has killed a measure that would require disclosure of the costs of the travel and security for state officials, including the governor, lieutenant governor and their families.

The Senate voted 30-15 to kill the House bill on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Bill Devlin's bill came after questions from lawmakers and the media about the level of personal security for GOP Gov. Doug Burgum.

The governor and the Highway Patrol have claimed the records are protected by state laws that were put on the books following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Supporters of the bill argue the information is needed for budget reasons.

The Legislative Council, which is the Legislature's research arm, says the records are not protected from disclosure.


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