Testimony was heard in the North Dakota House Thursday morning on HB 1437 that would streamline the process of applying for drain tile permits. In supportive testimony, Carrington farmer Doug Zenk said this would help remove local politics. “This bill removes property rights disputes. All landowners downstream of the tile project must address damage claims through civil litigation,” Zenk stated. “I feel this will be a great benefit for local water boards and should remove local politics from the board’s decisions.” A representative from the North Dakota State Water Commission said the proposed changes would not cause delays in obtaining permits. A new application would just have to be developed. Others supporting the legislation included small grain, corn and soybean growers, along with private industry folks. There were no individuals or groups present that provided testimony in opposition of the bill. Watch the hearing video.