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Carel Two-Eagle, of Bismarck, often parks her truck as close to the Capitol as possible due to a limited number of handicapped parking spots near the building.

"In western North Dakota, they are seeing some of their eastern Montana counterparts on this four-day week. They are seeing the benefits, and the community members are asking about it."

-- Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, on why some North Dakota schools are moving to four-day weeks. So far five schools have switched.

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"I'm sorry, this is not a parent's right or a private property right. In my mind, it's a child's right — a child's right to live a healthy, happy life in the state of North Dakota."

– Rep. Bill Devlin, R-Finley, arguing for House Bill 1274, which would have banned smoking in a vehicle with a child younger than 9. HB1274 failed by a 31-57 vote.

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"It hopes to create a sense of comfort amongst the health department — who had a lot of concerns — and the cottage food industry. And together, I believe I have a bill that is workable for all parties involved."

-- Sen. Jerry Klein, R-Fessenden, on Senate Bill 2269, which he says will add clarification and consistency to the existing cottage food industry law. Cottage food proponents say the bill restricts items eligible for sales.

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"I think it's a project that we're looking forward to. I think the community anxiously awaits the future updates and supports the notion of the project occurring in Medora."

-- Medora Mayor Todd Corneil, on a proposal to build the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library at the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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"Right now access to the people's house, the state Capitol building, is extremely difficult for anyone who's physically challenged."

-- Carel Two-Eagle, a community activist, on the difficulty getting into the Capitol. House Bill 1298 has been introduced to address the problem.

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"My personal goal is to make sure the patrol represents our population in the state. Currently, our numbers don't."

-- Jenna Clawson Huibregtse, cultural liaison officer for the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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"Like my Native American family members have in the past, I got to wear a piece of my culture, a piece of who I am, on a very important day in my life."

-- Chelsea Schmitt, testifying before the House Education Committee on a bill that would allow students to wear "traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance" at public events, such as a graduation. The bill — House Bill 1335 —would prohibit school districts from creating policies that bar students from wearing these items.

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"The nice thing about the Montessori environment is it has all the materials needed for first, second and third grades. So, you might have a second-grader who's really behind in math, so they're receiving first-grade math lessons. But in reading, they might be really ahead, so they could be receiving third-grade reading lessons."

-- Derrick Nagel, principal of Christ the King Montessori School in Mandan, on the switch to Montessori-based education.

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"It's technology to prevent a massive incident."

-- Amy McBeth, spokeswoman for BNSF Railway, on the company’s Track Health Optical Recognition program. Under the program trains will be equipped with cameras capable of snapping images at 70 mph with enough detail to show cracks in rails or missing bolts.

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"That seat belt saved my life, gave me the opportunity to be here today ... to vote on this bill."

-- Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, breaking a tie vote as the Senate passed a bill to tighten the state's enforcement of its seat belt laws. Meyer credits a seat belt for saving his life during an accident.

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