Rick Becker on Government Reform
Voted YES on $5,000 limit on governor's executive bonus
Gov. Doug Burgum's first use of his veto powers might also result in the first time he's overruled by lawmakers. HB 1153, a response to what many saw as exorbitant bonuses issued by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple, would have limited future executive branch
bonuses to $5,000. Burgum vetoed the bill, saying it "violates the constitutional exercise of executive authority to manage state agencies."
Lawmakers could overturn his veto. It takes just a two-thirds vote in each chamber to do so.
This bill passed 91-1 in the House and 36-10 in the Senate. Lawmakers were peeved when Burgum railed against an alleged "good old boys" club in Bismarck. They might see this as their opportunity for a bit of revenge.
Follow-up: House lawmakers voted 84-7 to override the Governor on House Bill 1153 on March 29. The Senate failed to override Gov. Burgum's veto on March 30, with 13 of 47 senators voting to override the veto. [Rep. Becker voted YEA on 3/29]
Source: Grand Forks Herald on North Dakota voting record HB 1153
, Mar 29, 2017
Study ID cards for voting to ensure citizenship
North Dakota Legislative voting records for H.B. 1389: Rep. Rick Becker introduced bill 1389 (and voted YEA):
An Act to study verification of citizenship status for voting and for obtaining driver's licenses and non-driver photo
- Legislative management shall consider studying issues relating to verification of citizenship status for the purpose of voting, including absentee and mail ballot voting.
- The study also must address the process through which
the department of transportation verifies citizenship status in the issuance of driver's licenses and non-driver identification cards and the feasibility and desirability of requiring a driver's license or non-driver identification card of a
noncitizen with a notation indicating the individual is not a citizen of the United States.
Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records for H.B. 1389
, Feb 24, 2015
- House vote 90-2-2 on Feb. 24, 2015
- Senate vote 46-0-1 on March 23
- Signed by Governor Dalrymple on March 30
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