|North Dakota State Senate District 35|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||4|
|Per diem||Up to $1,351/month for lodging|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|North Dakota State House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||North Dakota State University|
|Associate's||Bismarck State College|
|Master's||University of North Dakota|
Sitte served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005.
Sitte earned her A.A. from Bismarck State College, her B.S. from North Dakota State University and her M.A. from the University of North Dakota. She has been the owner of Buy-Rite Grocery, an Assistant Director of Community Affairs for the Department of Transportation and an English teacher. In 1993, she began writing a weekly editorial column for the Bismark Tribune.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sitte served on the following committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sitte served on these committees:
|North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2011|
Law enforcement drones
On January 21, 2013, Sitte and Representatives Rick Becker, Dick Anderson, Thomas Beadle, Joe Heilman, Curt Hofstad, David Monson, Karen Rohr, Nathan Toman, and Ben Hanson introduced HB 1373 to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by law enforcement agencies. This bill would require agencies to receive a court warrant for any drone use, and such warrants would only be obtainable for felony investigations. Exceptions would be made for drones used to patrol the Canadian border, aid law enforcement agencies where there is "reasonable suspicion" that quick action is necessary, and evaluate damage during and after natural disasters. HB 1373 would also allow people injured by governmental violation of these restrictions to sue the offending law enforcement agencies. The bill would expressly prohibit surveillance by drones with lethal or non-lethal weapons, private surveillance of other private parties without informed consent, and surveillance of people exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly. On January 28, the North Dakota House's Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the bill.
|North Dakota Senate General Election, District 35 (2010)|
|Margaret Sitte (R)||3,451||59.47%|
|Nick Archuleta (D)||2,343||40.38%|
In 2010, Sitte raised a total of $6,750 in campaign contributions.
Her four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:
|Lignite Energy Council||$1,000|
|North Dakota Republican Senate Caucus||$1,000|
|North Dakota Petroleum Council||$750|
North Dakota Legislative Review
- See also: North Dakota Legislative Review
The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization, published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council. Sitte received a score of 93.94% on policy legislation and voted against 4.93% of state spending. On policy, Sitte was ranked 6th and on spending was ranked 15th, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.
Sitte and her husband, David, have four children. They currently reside in Bismarck, North Dakota.
- Official Campaign Website
- Senate website
- Official Project Vote Smart biography
- Official Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- Text of HB 1373
- Dave Kolpack, Associated Press, "North Dakota lawmaker wants limits on drone use," January 6, 2013
- Measure actions for HB 1373
- North Dakota 2010 General Election Results
- 2010 campaign contributions
- North Dakota Policy Council "The North Dakota Legislative Review - 2011," accessed January 20, 2014
- North Dakota Policy Council "2011 North Dakota Legislative Review Rankings," accessed January 26, 2014
Tracy Potter (D)
|North Dakota State Senate District 35
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