(BISMARCK, N.D.) – Following the defeat of HB 1319 46 to 46 by North Dakota Republicans on Day 80 of the 63rd Legislative Session, Dem-NPL leaders Senator Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, and Representative Kenton Onstad, D-Parshall, released the following statement:
The defeat of HB 1319, legislation which funds elementary and secondary schools throughout North Dakota, stands as the latest and clearest testament to date that the Republican supermajority is utterly failing the citizens of North Dakota.
The spectacle that unfolded today on the House floor at the direction of Representative Al Carlson is an embarrassment. Indeed, it is outright harmful to every elementary and secondary school in North Dakota. Thousands of hours have been spent on HB 1319 to arrive at a school funding formula which leverages our state’s prosperity to improve education and cut property taxes. Now, on day 80 of an 80 day legislative session, a radical faction of ideologues has defeated a bill that forms the backbone of how we fund our kids’ schools. It amounts to legislative malpractice from a caucus leader and a group of followers who have become absolutely unglued.
This is not a game. This is serious. This threatens one of the most basic functions of government — the public education of North Dakota children. We urge Representative Carlson to reverse course before further damage is done.