Teri Finneman, Published September 26 2010
North Dakota Political Notebook: North Dakota featured in 32-page section of Delta Sky magazineBISMARCK – The October issue of Delta Sky magazine features a 32-page section on North Dakota.
Gov. John Hoeven and Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle, along with Delta Sky officials, will unveil it this week in Bismarck.
The event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hawktree Golf Course Clubhouse, 3400 Burnt Creek Loop.
Nearly 3,800 people visited the state Health Department’s Web-based tobacco cessation service in its first six months.
Since February, about 670 members have signed on for services at the QuitNet website, www.nd.quitnet.com, said Michelle Walker, the department’s tobacco cessation director.
Services include access to online professional cessation counselors, assistance in designing a personal quit plan and support from other quitters. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges are also available.
For more information, contact Walker at (701) 328-2315 or visit the QuitNet website.
Legislative week ahead
Six North Dakota legislative committees are scheduled to meet this week.
- The Workforce Committee meets at 9 a.m. Monday in the Idea Lab of the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
The committee will discuss a concurrent resolution providing for a constitutional amendment to allow for foundation aid stabilization fund funding of academic and career and technical education scholarships.
Lawmakers will also discuss bill drafts related to the creation of technology-based economic development programs, a technology impact zone program and a grant program for university entrepreneurs.
The creation of an electronic portfolio pilot program and modifications to the new jobs training program, TrainND program and Project Intern program are also on the agenda.
- The Long-Term Care Committee meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Roughrider Room in the state Capitol.
Lawmakers will hear recommendations for the rate-setting structure for developmental disabilities and home and community-based service providers.
They will also hear from the Department of Human Services regarding the status of the assisted-living facility rent subsidy pilot project.
- The Agriculture Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Roughrider Room in the Capitol.
The committee will review bill drafts relating to the rewrite of North Dakota Century Code provisions governing the State Seed Department. Lawmakers will also hear a presentation by the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Agriculture.
- The Government Services Committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Harvest Room in the Capitol. The committee will discuss the classified state employee compensation system study and elected officials’ salaries.
E Legislative Management meets at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Prairie Room in the Capitol. Lawmakers will discuss the estimated fiscal impact of the initiated measure that would prohibit fee hunting of captive exotic and native game animals.
- The Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. Friday in the Roughrider Room of the Capitol. The committee will hear numerous audit reports.
Full agendas can be found at www.legis.nd.gov/council/interim/meetings.
The North Dakota Young Professionals Network has announced its 2010-2011 board members.
Executive committee members are Jen Dobrowski, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; Eric Trueblood, Tri-State Aviation, Wahpeton; Amanda Moser, Dickinson State University Strom Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Catherine Dalzell, Center for Technology and Business, Bismarck; and Aaron Hill, Rasmussen College-Moorhead Campus, Fargo.
North Dakota Young Professionals’ goals are to engage young adults in their community, provide professional development opportunities, build a network across the state and be a voice for North Dakota young professionals.
For more information, visit www.ndyp.net.
Teri Finneman is a multimedia reporter for Forum Communications Co.