If passed, House Concurrent Resolution 3025 in the North Dakota Legislature would officially recognize Out-Migration as a problem and seek to find a solution.
The bill is sponsored by:
Representatives Mary Ekstrom (D-Fargo), Matt Klein (R-Minot), Frank Wald (R-Dickinson) and
Senators JoNell Bakke (D-Grand Forks), Tony Grindberg (R-Fargo), Robert Horne (D-Minot)
The bill reads as follows:
WHEREAS, during the decade before the last decennial census, the population of the
state grew by one-half of one percent, which was the smallest relative growth rate of all 50 states; and
WHEREAS, during the early part of this decade, the estimates of the United States
Census Bureau indicated that the population of the state declined, and the estimated population of the state remains below the actual population in 2000; and
WHEREAS, three population trends affecting the state–rural depopulation, outmigration of young adults and young families, and an increasing proportion of the elderly–contribute toward a difficulty in businesses meeting workforce needs;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:
That the Legislative Council study possible methods of growing North Dakota’s
population and increasing the available workforce in the state; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislative Council report its findings and
recommendations, together with any legislation required to implement the recommendations, to the Sixty-first Legislative Assembly.