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Sgt. Mike Bolme of the Bismarck Police Department testifies Tuesday at the state Capitol in support of a bill that would provide $1.5 million in state funding to combat human trafficking.

"Our holistic approach gets help for the victims, changes the mindset of the purchasers and targets the traffickers."

-- Sgt. Mike Bolme, of the Bismarck Police Department, testifying on Senate Bill 2159, which provides funding to combat human trafficking.

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"Mainly, we just want to collaborate with them and be consulted on it and have some input before everything's done."

-- Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, the primary sponsor of a bill to require county commissioners to get the consent of a majority of legislative district party chairmen before designating or changing polling places.

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"The county's responsible for administration of elections. This proposal will usurp local authority and control."

-- Kevin Glatt, auditor for Burleigh County, testifying on Klemin’s bill.

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"The economics aren't great, but it is economic under the right circumstances."

-- Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, on the possibility of temporarily storing natural gas underground as an alternative to flaring.

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"We've been at this a long time with our battles with saltwater and also have a genuine interest in protecting our precious land in western North Dakota."

-- Daryl Peterson, of Bottineau County, who along with his wife, Christine, have donated $250,000 to promote education about cleaning up brine spills.

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"I believe if we can be patient and we can wait a bit longer that this fund can provide a large amount of wealth to the people of North Dakota."

-- State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, urging legislators not to tap the Legacy Fund.

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"Infrastructure is a huge component of every city, and when you look at the expense that comes with maintaining and improving a city's infrastructure, it's very hard to do inside of the current special assessments and the current financial structure."

-- Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, on House Bill 1066, which would help fund infrastructure.

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"Closing in on 27 years (in education), I find myself questioning my career and how much longer I can take the abuse, trauma and stress."

-- Theresa Gravdahl, a Fargo physical education teacher, testifying on Senate Concurrent Resolution 4004, which would direct Legislative Management to conduct an interim study on the impact of violent, disruptive and inappropriate behavior in K-12 schools.

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"This bill comes from the many reports that I have received regarding how much a teacher pays for out of pocket for classroom supplies. I can't think of another public employee that has these kind of costs."

-- Rep. Matthew Ruby, R-Minot, who is sponsoring House Bill 1208 that would create a teacher reimbursement program and allow teachers to submit receipts for items such as school and office supplies.

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"Ten years ago, some developers wouldn't even give Mandan a look. Now, they're giving us a second and a third."

-- Mayor Tim Helbling, on the impact of remediation on the city.

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"Each year, we've been able to put in a number that was better than the year before. We're pretty happy about it."

-- Greg Haug, director of the Bismarck Municipal Airport, on the airport having a 3.5 percent increase in boardings in 2018.

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"There are times where people go through crisis in life, there's this window of instability in their life where perhaps them having access to a weapon isn't the greatest thing in the world."

-- Fargo Police Chief David Todd, testifying in favor of House Bill 1537, which would allow family members and law enforcement to seek a court-issued "public safety protection order" preventing somebody from possessing a firearm for up to one year.

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