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Government of North Dakota

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The Government[1] of North Dakota is divided into three branches the Executive branch, the Legislative branch and the Judiciary branch. The Governor is the head of the Executive Branch. The Legislative Branch of North Dakota consists of the House of Representative and the State Senate. The Supreme Court of North Dakota looks after all the Judicial decisions of the state.

The Executive Branch of North Dakota

The Executive Branch of North Dakota Consists of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Treasurer.

The Governor is the head of the executive Branch of North Dakota. The Governor serves as the commander-in-chief of the military forces of North Dakota. He is also the chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. He also leads all the executive branch offices of the state.

Contact DetailsGovernment of North Dakota
Office of Governor
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
Phone no: 701-328-2200
Fax: 701-328-2205
Website: Governor

The Lieutenant Governor is the second highest elected official in the state. The Lieutenant Governor serves as the President of the North Dakota Senate, leads the trade office of the state and chairs the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission, the North Dakota State Investment Board, the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authority and the Higher Education Challenge Fund Commission together with other boards and commissions as the Governor’s representative.

Contact Details
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
Phone no: 701-328-2200
Fax: 701-328-2205
Website: Lieutenant Governor

The Attorney General is the chief legal advisor and counsel to state government in North Dakota. The Attorney General defends and represents the interest of the state of North Dakota in civil and criminal actions.

Contact Details
State Capitol
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Dept. 125
Bismarck, ND 58505
701 328-2210
Website: Attorney General

The Secretary of the State of North Dakota serves as the people of the state and Execute with integrity the duties required by the North Dakota Constitution. The Office also collect and preserve the records of the State as defined by the law. The Secretary of the state acts as the ambassador for the State of North Dakota.

Contact Details
Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
Phone no: 701-328-2900, 800-352-0867 (Toll Free)
Fax: 701-328-2992
Website: Secretary of State

The State Auditor is a constitutionally elected official of the state. The Office of the State Auditor of North Dakota is divided into three operational divisions which are: Division of State Audit, Division of Local Government Audit and Division of Royalty Audit.

Contact Details
Office of the State Auditor
600 East Boulevard - Dept. 117
Bismarck, ND 58505-0060
Phone no: 701.328.2241
Website: State Auditor

The State Treasurer of the state is an elected constitutional officer who together with his/her staff reconciles, receive and disburse all state money and special government funds.

Contact Details
Office of North Dakota State Treasurer
State Capitol – Third Floor
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Department 120
Bismarck, ND 58505-0600
Phone no: 701-328-2643
Fax: 701-328-3002
Website: State Treasurer

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The Legislative Branch of North Dakota


The Legislative Assembly[2] of North Dakota is the formal designation of the state legislature. The North Dakota Legislative AssemblyLegislative Assembly of the state consists a House of Representative and the Senate. The first Legislative Assembly of the state was convened on November 19, 1889.

The House of Representative of the state is the lower house of the state. Depending on the number of senatorial districts, the house consists of 80-108 members. The representatives are elected for a 2 year term. The Speaker is the presiding officer of the house.

The Senate is the upper house of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. The Senate consists of 40-54 members depending on the number of senatorial districts. The members are elected for 4 year term. The President is the presiding officer of the Senate. The Lieutenant Governor is the president of the senate.

Contact Details
Legislative Council
State Capitol
600 East Boulevard
Bismarck, ND 58505-0360
Phone no: 701-328-2916
Fax: 701-328-3615
Website: North Dakota Legislature

The Judiciary Branch of North Dakota


The Judicial[3] system of North Dakota consists of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts, and Municipal Courts. They together form a judicial team who is responsible to provide fair and equal system of justice to the people of North Dakota.

The Supreme Court of North Dakota is the highest court in the state. The court comprises of five justices. The two primary responsibilities of the state are judging and administering.Judiciary of North Dakota

Contact Details
Supreme Court - Judicial Wing
First Floor-State Capitol
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
Phone no: 701-328-2221
Fax 701-328-4480
Website: Supreme Court of North Dakota

The Court of Appeals of the state only hears the cases assigned to it by the Supreme Court. The court consists of three judges selected from among active and retired district court judges, retired justices of the Supreme Court, and attorneys.

Read more: North Dakota Court of Appeals

The District courts of North Dakota are the courts of general jurisdiction. These courts have original and general jurisdiction in all cases, that includes criminal felony and misdemeanor cases and general jurisdiction for civil cases.

Read more: North Dakota District Courts

Municipal courts have jurisdiction of all violations of municipal ordinances in North Dakota, with some exceptions. All municipal judges in North Dakota are elected by the people for four-year terms in part-time basis.

Read more: North Dakota Municipal Courts

Taxes in North Dakota


The Office of State Tax Commissioner of North Dakota is responsible to collect tax revenue that is needed to be paid by law and required to fund the operation of state and local government, through the uniform and fair administration of North Dakota's tax laws. Major Taxes[4] administered Office of State Tax Commissioner of North Dakota includes:
  • Property taxNorth dakota tax comision
  • Sales Tax
  • Individual Income tax
  • Wholesale Alcohol Tax
  • Coal Severance Tax
  • Estate tax
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax
  • Special Fuels Taxes
  • Aviation Fuel Tax
  • Oil Gross Production Tax
  • Use Tax
  • Aircraft Excise Tax
  • Cigarette tax
  • Telecommunications tax
  • Tobacco tax

North Dakota Government Agencies


Under the leadership of the Governor of North Dakota , many state agencies administer and manage different departments of the state. The main state agencies of North Dakota are:

North Dakota Department of AgricultureNorth Dakota Department of Agriculture

The Department is responsible for the long-term well-being of North Dakota by promoting a healthy environmental, economic and social climate for agriculture and the rural community through advocacy, leadership, regulation, education and other services.

Contact Details
ND Department of Agriculture
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 602
Bismarck ND 58505-0020
Phone no: 701-328-2231
Toll-free: 1-800-242-7535
Fax: 701-328-4567
Email: ndda@nd.gov
Website: http://www.nd.gov/ndda/

North Dakota Department of Commerce

The Department is responsible to improve the quality of life of the people of North Dakota by leading efforts to retain, attract and expand wealth.

Contact Details
North Dakota Department of Commerce
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone no: 701-328-5300
Website: http://www.commerce.nd.gov/

North Dakota Information Technology Department

North Dakota Information Technology Department

The North Dakota Department of Information Technology supports the IT needs of state government, higher education and K-12.

Contact Details
North Dakota Information Technology Department
4201 Normandy Street
Bismarck, ND 58503-1324
Phone no: 701-328-3190
Website: http://www.nd.gov/itd/

North Dakota Department of Health North Dakota Department of Health

The Department of Health is responsible to protect and enhance the safety and health of the citizens of North Dakota. The Department has six divisions which includes: Administrative Support, Medical Services, Community Health, Health Resources, Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Contact Details
North Dakota Department of Health
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
Phone: 701-328.2372
Fax: 701-328.4727
Website: http://www.ndhealth.gov/

Read more: North Dakota Government Agencies
References:
  1. Government of North Dakota
  2. North Dakota Legislative Assembly
  3. North Dakota Judiciary
  4. Taxes in North Dakota
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