North Dakota Legislature: What to watch this week

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 11:19 am •  Published: February 10, 2013
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The Senate is considering a resolution that urges the National Park Service to "recognize the historical value of the Nokota horse and provide appropriate management."

The resolution says wild bands of the horses were fenced in when the park was created. The resolution accuses the Park Service of changing the "appearance of the wild horses in the park by introducing non-Nokota bloodlines."

Park officials say it is impossible to prove or disprove the Nokota theory because samples of horse genetics from the pre-settler days do not exist. The park says the horses came from ranch stock running loose in the North Dakota Badlands when the park was fenced in the 1950s. The animals were kept in the park as a "demonstration" herd, so the public could see free-roaming horses similar to those in the days when Roosevelt ranched in the Badlands.

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BLOATING TREASURY

The North Dakota state treasurer's office is the smallest state agency headed by an elected official.

The agency has seven employees, including Kelly Schmidt, the state treasurer. The treasurer's office manages cash for some North Dakota agencies and distributes tax collections to local governments. The amount of money the treasurer handles has swelled with North Dakota's oil tax collections.

Schmidt has requested another employee to help out with the workload. She says increased money coming into the state treasury also has increased the work.

Schmidt said when she took office in 2005, her agency had 54 general fund CDs totaling $750 million. The office manages more than 300 general fund CDs totaling more than $2.7 billion now.

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WORLD POLITICS

The House is slated to consider a resolution this week commending Israel "for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the state of North Dakota."

The resolution states that North Dakota will support Israel "in its legal, historical, moral and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of lands of others."

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