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Kelly Bonner, Published August 01 2010

Berg a two-faced ND politician

Let me get this straight.

Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo, who is running for the U.S. House, wants the Legislature to fix the screwy law that prevents a bank employee from getting coverage for mental health treatment if she is handcuffed, forced to the floor, and robbed at gunpoint.

So why doesn’t he do something about it? He sits on the committee that oversees our workers’ compensation board. What’s stopping him?

I was confused until I found out the reason. Berg is the reason we have that ridiculous law in the first place.

He was majority leader in 2003 when three Republicans and one Democrat proposed a bill to allow workers to be covered for mental health issues. Berg rounded up the votes to kill the bill. It failed 48-46.

I guess the real question is why Berg is now pretending he doesn’t like this law that he effectively created. I guess we have two-faced politicians even here in North Dakota.