Dakota Datebook

Legislative Parking

Sunday, January 6, 2013


On this date in 1951, legislators were upset because they had to compete with State Employees to find good parking places near the Capitol. So, a legislative committee approached the Board of Administration with the complaint.


The Board of Administration then called all of the state agency heads together and requested that they urge State Employees to pool their rides to work, with several State Employees per car. In addition, for the first time ever, the parking lot on the west side of the Capitol would be reserved for the legislators only. All of the legislators’ cars would have stickers in the windows and the Highway Patrol would keep an eye on the parking – no State Employees allowed!


Dakota Datebook by Jim Davis




The Bismarck Capital January 9, 1951


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