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  • Letter to the Editor: Legislative session strengthens North Dakota's insurance industry

    Jon Godfread, N.D. Insurance Commissioner|May 15, 2023

    You’ve no doubt read the headlines about this legislative session. The past four months have been a rollercoaster of bills and legislative priorities. As the 68th Legislative Assembly has wrapped up and gone home, I want to share some highlights from this session affecting our state’s insurance industry. Your legislature has made a big step forward in fire safety. With the passage of SB 2211, we’re providing all the funding that is meant for the fire service back to local fire departments and districts. The funds from insurance premium taxes... Full story

  • Guest Editorial: Let's look at retirement

    Jon Godfread, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner|Feb 27, 2023

    Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic workforce shift. Baby boomers are retiring, while millennials and Gen Z are taking over workplaces across the country. Data shows that these generations of workers are changing jobs every three to four years, on average. The reality is that employers, including the State of North Dakota, will need to adjust for this reality to be competitive. The legislature is currently discussing the state employee’s retirement system, debating whether to implement a 401k-style retirement plan for all new...