The District 24 Democratic-NPL 2020 Platform was presented by the Platform Committee, discussed, and approved. Below is the full text of the approved 2020 District 24 Platform.
2020 District 24 Democratic-NPL Convention Principles and Resolutions
The members of District 24 of the North Dakota
Democratic-NPL Party unite to work for equal opportunity, personal freedoms and
District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party
supports the following principles:
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, PERSONAL FREEDOMS AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT
1. We believe
that all people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
chief among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that people create
governments to secure these rights and that government gains legitimacy only
from the consent of the governed.
2. We believe
in constitutionally limited government serving only those vital public purposes
not met through other means.
should be freely and fairly elected or appointed by officials so elected,
should govern transparently and should exercise authority only within
constitutionally established limits.
4. Rule of law
and an independent judiciary are essential to constitutionally limited
government and to personal freedom and equal opportunity.
5. A legitimate
government lacks the authority to treat people differently based on factors
such as religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ancestral
origins, political party or parental social status.
6. We uphold
personal responsibility in using freedoms and in people experiencing benefit or
harm according to their personal choices.
7. We support
the civil and political rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities
guaranteed in the United States and North Dakota constitutions.
8. The equal
freedom of all citizens should be unhindered by elementary ignorance and
illiteracy, unimpaired by damage to them or their property by the actions of
others without their consent, and unencumbered by crime, corruption or extreme
concentrations of power.
9. We believe
in strong, fair and efficient enforcement of our constitutions, our laws and
our national security and borders.
fills its best and proper role without needing to interfere with private moral
and religious choices by sustaining a society that rewards hard work,
innovation, productivity, creativity, personal responsibility and obedience to
District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party
supports the following resolutions:
I. FREE AND FAIR
ELECTIONS AND LEGISLATIVE INTEGRITY
1. We support
efforts to reduce the influence of money in political campaigns and on our
elected officials, including strong financial disclosure requirements for both
candidates and parties before taking or resuming office.
2. We support
an election process free of procedural barriers that disenfranchise and
discourage voters or particular classes of voters.
3. We endorse
requiring a paper trail to facilitate a transparent canvassing and recount
4. We support a
non-partisan redistricting commission that shall be responsible for drawing
congressional and state legislative districts.
5. We support
legislation requiring legislators to carry out their functions transparently,
with full disclosure of gifts received while in office; and with public access
to the minutes of legislative proceedings.
6. We support
an effective and fair State Government ethics commission.
7. We support a
state law prohibiting the conversion of campaign funds for personal use.
II. HELPING THE MOST
8. We recognize
that the income inequality gap has been widening for the past three decades and
support local, state and federal policies that will reverse this trend. Extreme
inequality can and does impinge personal liberty through factors such as
concentrated power and the extreme economic and medical insecurity of one’s
9. We support
efforts to provide affordable housing for the citizens of North Dakota.
III. WORKER PROTECTIONS
10. We support
passage of an Injured Workers Bill of Rights.
11. We support
increased availability for affordable and quality daycare.
12. We support
giving unemployment compensation to North Dakota workers who are locked out of
13. We support
maintaining a defined benefit retirement plan for teachers and public
employees, including police officers.
14. We oppose any
and all efforts to privatize Social Security or to undermine this important
15. We support
efforts to eliminate the cap on taxable earnings for Social Security taxes.
16. We believe
that all Americans deserve to earn a “living wage” defined as a wage that is
high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. Each state should
determine their living wage and use that as their minimum wage.
17. We support
protections for all workers not covered by worker’s compensation.
18. We oppose any
attempts to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.
19. We support
increased statewide access to Behavioral Health services, including treatment
for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction, especially opioids.
20. We support
policies to encourage serving local, fresh foods to K-12 students as a way of
addressing the related epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes.
21. We strongly
urge that all necessary steps be taken to ensure that veterans receive the
health care and related services they need in a timely manner – particularly,
those suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The veteran should
be able to access necessary services at the facility closest to their home of
record and we ask the North Dakota Congressional delegation to support this
request at the national level.
22. We, in
keeping with the ND voters’ wishes as expressed at the ballot box in 2008 and
in keeping with the originally-stated purpose of ND’s Tobacco Settlement
negotiations, support continuing to invest the designated portion of those
payments in the statewide tobacco
prevention/cessation program, “Saving Lives-Saving Money.”
23. We support
building on existing laws to improve health care affordability, to expand
access to health care, and to expand health insurance overage especially for
job-seekers and low-income households with the eventual goal of universal
access to affordable health insurance.
24. We support
increasing support for regional and tribal addiction treatment centers and
mental health and substance abuse treatment.
25. We support
making changes needed to reduce prescription drug cost and abuse in the state
26. We support
expanding the eligibility for North Dakota Healthy Steps and the State
Health Insurance Program (SCHIPS).
27. We support
continued state funding for stroke registry, training and public education.
28. We support
efforts to increase the proportion of people trained for Cardio-Pulmonary
Resuscitation and regular progress until completion in placing the recently
developed heart resuscitation devices in all frequently used public buildings.
29. We support
expansion of the Division of EMS administrative support and local matching
30. We support
state funding for EMS training grants and paramedic student loan forgiveness
for citizens willing to serve in a rural community.
31. We support
medically accurate sexual health education in schools, with a goal of reducing
32. We support
the establishment of a Medicaid Fraud Unit in the ND Bureau of Criminal
33. We support
providing health benefits and Workman Compensation Insurance to volunteer
firefighters and emergency responders.
34. We support
the legislation to have medicinal marijuana ready for usage by those in medical
need and following provisions of the legislation.
35. We support
restoring full funding of the Independent Living Program sponsored by the Open
V. FARMING – SAFE FOOD
36. We support
research and development in our land grant universities of Non-GMO crops to
assure Non-GMO seed availability for the future.
37. We support
public breeding of bioengineered crops that have resulted from marker-assisted
technologies identifying desirable traits within one species, especially when
the end products further reduce the monopolistic control of the food system by
38. We support
family held ownership of farms. We support upholding the anti-corporate farming
laws that limit corporate ownership of farms to family held entities.
39. We support
policies to expedite the development of bio-firms whose purpose is to supply
sustainable, bio-based agricultural inputs to farmers and ranchers, given that
these bio-firms are appropriately scaled, locally owned and managed.
40. We support
funding for the Agricultural Products Utilization Committee.
41. We support
the State Mill and Elevator buying only domestic grain whenever possible.
42. We oppose the
introduction of genetically engineered fish until the ecological and health
effects have been proven safe.
43. We oppose the
use of public funds by the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture to seek out
issues for possible litigation. Rather, if legitimate issues arise requiring
litigation, such efforts should be led by the Attorney General and special
funds allocated only as needed.
VI. LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS
44. We urge the
2021 North Dakota Legislature to enact measures that would require forfeiture
of leases on the part of oil and gas companies that do not meet the bonus
payment terms of a mineral lease.
45. We call for
reforming the state’s eminent domain law so that: (1) no state agency may
exercise eminent domain solely on the grounds of economic development
(increased tax base, tax revenues, employment, etc.); (2) no state agency can
authorize eminent domain for a privately owned oil, gas, coal or carbon dioxide
pipeline passing through the state – unless the pipeline exports North Dakota
products or imports products for sale in North Dakota; (3) the ND Public
Service Commission (PSC) is required, with the assistance of the ND Attorney
General, to prepare and publish a guide outlining the rights of property owners
facing possible eminent domain actions and to distribute this guide directly to
all landowners and other residents and renters who may be subject to eminent
domain; and (4) based upon complaints filed with the PSC by persons alleging
the use of harassment, threat, intimidation, misrepresentation, deception,
fraud or other unfair tactics by the person or people acquiring or attempting
to acquire an easement, there is a process in place whereby the PSC may
directly hear the complaints and take action such as imposing fines, voiding
contracts or ordering compensation.
46. We support
strengthening North Dakota law to ensure that private property shall not be
taken or damaged for private use without the consent of the owner.
WATER & AIR – HUMAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE
47. We support
science-based actions to reduce the threat of human made climate change,
including legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a clean energy
subsidy financed by a dirty energy tax, both set at the earliest possible stage
of energy production or importation based on expected greenhouse emissions per
thermal unit for an energy product, with the goal of no net change in the
market price of overall energy, so as to address the economic, social and
environmental threats of climate change.
48. We oppose the
withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
49. We support
state and/or federal legislation that would require oil companies using the
technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to disclose the chemicals
contained in the fracking fluid to the North Dakota Department of Health.
50. We support
the reduction of methane pollution by a more efficient regulation related to
oil drilling and flaring.
51. We support
efforts by the ND Department of Environmental Quality to create a state
implementation plan that will work for North Dakota and federal legislative
efforts seeking a common-sense approach to EPA rulemaking under the Clean Air
52. We oppose any
tax not necessary to reduce government debt or fulfill an essential and
legitimate government function. Officials owe taxpayers efficiency, frugality,
transparency and accountability in how they use government revenue.
53. We seek a
society in which increased earned income through productive work always yields
increased net income after government taxes and subsidies.
54. We support
wealthier people paying income tax at higher rates.
55. We support simplifying
the tax code by eliminating, limiting or capping tax loopholes.
56. We believe
reducing the number of tax brackets does not make it easier to do taxes but
instead usually creates work disincentives and regressive taxation.
57. We support a
sales tax exemption on prescription and OTC medications and feminine hygiene
58. We support
the expansion of tax incentives for renewable energy, with an emphasis on
locally owned projects.
59. We support
exempting the most economically insecure people from state budget cuts wherever
60. We support a
revision of the 2017 tax cut legislation so that it would restore the
Affordable Care Act and no longer jeopardize Medicare and Social Security.
61. We support
reducing the national debt with little to no effect on Medicare and Social
Security, and asking the wealthiest 2% to increase their share of the burden in
achieving that goal.
IX. INFRASTRUCTURE –
62. We support
adequate infrastructure planning and funding for all areas of the state,
including those impacted by flooding.
63. We support
protecting citizens, statewide, from the risk of flooding in the following
ways: (1) flood-plain management that includes sensible use of the natural
flood plain as a risk-reduction tool; (2) retention as a means of reducing the
flood waters affecting a given population; and (3) construction of flood walls
X. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
64. We oppose the
use of extraordinary rendition under any circumstances and likewise reject any
rationale related to the so-called war on terrorism for infringing the right of
65. We support
the concept of “Net Neutrality” as we believe adequate internet access is a
fundamental necessity in today’s society. All internet traffic should be treated
equally without preference being set by internet service providers who may
charge premiums or reduce speeds for certain types of content.
XI. FOREIGN RELATIONS
66. We oppose
preventive military action and when or if war becomes necessary, our troops
should only be deployed in adequate numbers, with adequate training and
equipment, and with attainable and specific military goals.
67. We oppose the
use of torture and support the U.S. government following the Geneva Conventions
and the U.S. becoming a signatory of the International Criminal Court at The
68. We oppose the implementation of trade
agreements or United States imposed tariffs if they negatively impact American
jobs, do not address currency manipulation practices by other countries, or
potentially reduce our nation’s sovereignty by allowing foreign powers to
dictate U.S. law and policies through the World Trade Organization or other
entities. Trade agreements should promote “fair” trade and not simply “free”
trade. Additionally, existing trade agreements should be reviewed to ensure
that American companies and citizens fairly benefit from the agreement.
69. We believe
military intervention to change or prop up another country’s form of government
very rarely serves America’s interests, those peoples’ long-term interests or
the interests of humanity.
70. We oppose
world government and recognize that carefully crafted international cooperation
can benefit the United States, its people and the world.
71. We oppose
international agreements that sacrifice the interests of American workers to
should apply to agreements between governments, where possible.
73. We invite all
the world’s peoples to join us in peacefully promoting stronger governmental
and social guarantees of religious liberty, including government not respecting
an establishment of religion or restricting the free exercise thereof, and
including the right to worship as one chooses.
XII. NATURAL RESOURCES
74. We oppose any
attempt to eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or reduce its
budget to such a level that it cannot adequately function or operate.
75. We support a
more comprehensive state policy on oil and gas drilling with respect to impacts
on land, water, housing and other infrastructure.
76. We oppose the
government investing in and developing the infrastructure necessary to have our
own natural gas and crude oil refining facilities.
77. We do support
continued efforts to ensure that the transport of gas and crude through the
state is more environmentally secure and reliable and respectful of tribal and
other property concerns.
78. We generally
oppose the state legislature providing cost sharing and incentives to build and
extend natural gas supply and distribution lines to every community in our
79. We do support
production taxes whereby the costs to those who flare natural gas more closely
match the science-based costs to society of flaring natural gas.
80. We support
improving the free market’s ability to secure profits for producers of
renewable and less polluting energy resources.
81. We support
research into utility pricing that more fully rewards business and home
consumers who practice energy efficient and decentralized production of non-polluting
energy, such as through co-generation, insulation, passive solar, wind, etc.
without sacrificing baseload capability.
82. We ask the
state legislature and Congress to significantly increase funding for research
and development in new, cleaner and/or renewable fuels.
83. We oppose
government action to eliminate coal, oil or natural gas as energy sources and
oppose eliminating environmentally and geologically responsible fracking. We
also oppose any government preferences or subsidies for these methods over
other energy products. We favor market-based solutions that incorporate more of
the pollution costs of energy consumption into the pricing of energy
84. We support a
prohibition on oil and gas drilling on public-owned lands in the North Dakota
badlands as well as implementation of an accountable review by appropriate
state and federal agencies of every drilling permit application within two
miles of places such as national and state parks, historic site, and wildlife
refuges, to insure land use appropriate for neighboring land uses.
85. We support
increased oversight and enforcement of the laws on dumping of toxic and
radioactive waste. Furthermore, we support the study of additional means of
cataloguing, tracking, disposal, and containment of toxic and radioactive
86. We support
the use of oil and other mineral extraction taxes to help fund state government
and to build fiscal reserves during periods of strong commodity prices in order
to help supplement state funding gaps during periods of lower commodity prices.
It is important to maintain responsible fiscal management of these funds so as
to not incur extreme budget imbalances. We support an oil extraction tax of at
87. We oppose
additional energy pipelines until safety studies are fully completed and
operations would fully comply with Federal regulations.
XIII. SMALL BUSINESSES
88. We seek out
initiatives to lower the costs to small businesses of tax preparation,
regulatory compliance, insurance, etc.
89. We support
initiatives that assist the creation of new small businesses.
90. In general,
we support small businesses having more lead time to achieve compliance with
new government regulations.
91. We oppose any
government regulation or tax on small businesses not necessary to achieve a
vital purpose that can be achieved through other means.
92. We support a
strong financing package for Pre-K through the University level.
93. We are
committed to strong state financial support allowing for a reduction in school
property tax while at the same time allowing local school boards adequate
authority to fund a basic education program.
94. All children
have the right to elementary education, with goals established by the North
Dakota Department of Public Instruction. All children should receive elementary
and secondary education, including the option of free, high-quality, public
instruction. All North Dakota citizens who earn a North Dakota high school
diploma should receive one year of free tuition and one year of half tuition
(to be used over their lifetime) at a North Dakota University System
institution for which they meet the admission standards.
95. We strongly
believe in local choice regarding education. The primary responsibility of the state
government is insuring ample and fair funding consistent with equal opportunity
as well as setting minimum core standards. The primary responsibility of the
federal government is insuring compliance with constitutional requirements for
equal treatment under the law. Encouraging, or if necessary conducting,
research and demonstration in education are essential functions of both state
and federal government.
96. We support
universal access to early childhood education and the expansion of Head Start.
97. The provision
of before-school and after-school learning programs should be at the discretion
of school districts but state funding should account for this need.
98. We support
all children having consistent access to qualified school nurses.
99. We support
state funding so that the salaries of public elementary, secondary and post-
secondary teachers are regionally and nationally competitive.
100. Parents and
guardians enjoy the right and responsibility for the religious instruction of
their children, and the primary responsibility for moral education, with
minimal government interference. While parents should be able to choose the
form of education their children receive and while government should allow and
fund some research into alternatives to public education as chosen by parents,
funding those alternatives, except for the purpose of temporary research to
improve public schools, is not an essential government function.
101. Public school
children should be allowed to engage or not to engage in voluntary prayer and
voluntary religious expression in appropriate times and places during the
school day, as long as those in public employment do not restrict First
Amendment freedoms by publicly treating one form of religion more favorably
than another. School children should not be restricted in their rights in
appropriate times and places to acknowledge their Creator, the American flag,
the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence and the constitutions
of the United States and North Dakota.
XV. SECURITY FROM CRIME
102. We recognize
the necessity of adequate funding for police, soldiers, judges and similar
103. We favor
increased support of law enforcement through funding and professionalization
including implicit bias and anti-racism training, to improve the safety of our
communities, our persons, and our property.
104. We call on the
government to scrutinize and reform where feasible any existing laws or
regulations that impede the development of professional childcare services
throughout North Dakota. Only if necessary, after that has been done, do we
support partial subsidies of educational and training opportunities to child
care workers, grants to licensed child care providers to assist with facilities
and equipment, and, if necessary, child care vouchers for employed or
job-seeking single parents.
105. We support
expanded legal immigration, with preference given to those who gain employment
with a small business, while also tightening checks against criminality.
106. We support
improved border security based on practical evidence.
107. We believe local
law enforcement agencies should retain ultimate authority in deciding whether
and how to cooperate with federal immigration officials in particular cases.
Generally local authorities know best how to work with their communities.
108. We support
significant fines and potential prison terms for employers who knowingly fail
to gather documentation of their workers’ authorization and call for stronger
federal enforcement of such immigration and employment laws, especially in
those states with labor intensive agriculture.
109. While we
generally support freedom of movement for labor, trade and capital, we
recognize the need for careful government regulation of our borders. We oppose
110. We oppose
regulation of immigration based on race or religious affiliation.
111. We support
legislation, not only executive actions, which offers a pathway to citizenship
for those who were eligible under the DACA program.
XVIII. INTERNAL DEM-NPL PARTY
112. We support
holding a policy briefing between candidates and party members who have
promoted policies reflected in the party platform and resolutions after the
state convention concludes.
113. We support
using platform/policy discussions to rejuvenate the party at the precinct
level, with anyone who can speak to the issues being invited to take part in
114. We support
holding a dedicated district meeting every six months, at which time
platform/policy issues would be the featured topic. Furthermore, these meetings
should be advertised as being free and open to the public and place on the
calendar appearing on the state party’s website.
115. We support
revamping the state party website so that there will be the names and contact
information of district officers.
116. We support indexing
by subject as a way to feature the party platform and resolutions on the state
website so that interested parties can more easily navigate the document.
117. We support
developing a list of party members knowledgeable about policy specifics to serve
as contacts for candidates who need briefing on specific issues.