Looking back at the first half of the legislative session, many Democratic legislators had to do double duty to make sure their voices were heard.
“It gets stressful when you’re one person in a committee. It’s very stressful. And so I appreciate all the work that my senators have done the first half because they have been outstanding in their committees,” said Joan Heckaman.
Despite being spread thin throughout the session, he democrats are grateful for fair treatment from the other side.
Corey Mock, the House minority leader said, “I also want to give a lot of credit all of the chairmen, the vice chairmen, and the leaders on the Republican party that have understood that both of the house and senate democratic caucuses are really facing a, you know, unprecedented numbers.”
Although the numbers aren’t in their favor, the Democratic party had some victories during the first half of the session. Including alternatives to incarceration and Medicaid expansion.
“We’re very excited and thrilled that house bill 1012 passed the house this morning and moving the ball forward in keeping Medicaid expansion in North Dakota,” said Mock.
The victories aside, the democrats still think there’s more work to be done. Medical Marijuana has been a hot topic this session and they’re still pushing for better legislation.
Kathy Hogan said, “I think the house still feels like there are major issues in medical marijuana that we want to address. I think to expect a consumer to pay a $200 fee, up to $200 is very hard. And we’ve looked at other states. They tend to be between $25 and $50.”
Representative Mock also noted that a resolution passed in the House that would encourage the federal government to reimburse the expenses made responding to the pipeline protests.
Legislators have Friday off and will return to session on Wednesday. House bills will now be reviewed by the Senate and vice versa.