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Minnesota governor signs police accountability bill into law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)–Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a police accountability bill into law Thursday that includes a ban on neck restraints like the one that was used on George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis. The bill passed by the Legislature earlier this week also bans chokeholds and so-called warrior-style training, which critics say promotes excessive force. It imposes…

Minnesota lawmakers reach deal on police accountability measures

Lawmakers have been negotiating police accountability measures since the May 25 death of Floyd.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9)–Minnesota’s divided Legislature struck a deal to strengthen police accountability Monday night, delivering a response two months after the death of George Floyd at the knee of a now-fired Minneapolis police officer. The House quickly voted 102-29 to approve the changes. After midnight, the Senate approved the bill in a 60-7 vote. Gov. Tim Walz supports the agreed-upon…

Minnesota Senate GOP leader says deal near on policing bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate says legislative leaders have a tentative agreement on the outlines of a police accountability bill. But chances appear dimmer for a $1.9 billion public construction projects package that has yet to win the necessary GOP support in the Democratic-controlled House. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the Senate plans to adjourn late…

MN Rep. Collin Peterson Speaks On His Vote In Favor of The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

The act will make it easier to prosecute police for misconduct

Minnesota – The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act bill was approved by the House on Thursday. The act will make it easier to prosecute police for misconduct. If passed by the Senate, some of the measures include banning the use of choke-holds and no-knock warrants in federal cases. Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says the idea is not to get…

Minnesota Lawmaker Calls for Refunds for College Student Housing Expenses

COVID-19 has forced most institutions to go to “distance learning.”

ST.PAUL, MINN, – State Representative Pat Garofalo of Farmington is introducing a bill that would require Minnesota colleges and universities to refund 90 percent of students’ unused room and board expenses. COVID-19 has forced most institutions to go to “distance learning.” Garofalo says some students are getting as little as half of what they paid, and it would be wrong…

Farmers And Ranchers Are Getting Help Through Bill Passed By Senate

The House will vote on the bill on Friday. President Trump has said he will sign it.

NORTH DAKOTA – The bill provides $14 billion to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation which has been used to fund the Market Facilitation Program. It also provides $9.5 billion to support livestock, dairy and specialty crops that are being impacted due to COVID-19. North Dakota Farmers Union says it’s a step towards the right direction, but it’s hard to predict…

Collin Peterson Hosts Town Hall In Moorhead

The questions ranged from topics like crop insurance, yield prices and the USMCA

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation next stopped in Moorhead to meet with growers. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson hosted a town hall meeting. The questions ranged from topics like crop insurance, yield prices and the USMCA. The purpose of the town hall was to encourage farmers to voice their concerns and for their representatives…

Lawmaker to Introduce Bill to Allow Guns on ND Capitol Grounds

North Dakota has had a policy against carrying firearms on the state Capitol grounds since 1989.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A North Dakota lawmaker says he will aim to ensure firearms are legal on the state Capitol grounds after a pro-gun rally he hosted there drew some supporters who were probably packing heat. Bismarck Republican Rep. Rick Becker says he will introduce legislation to change the policy when the Legislature reconvenes in 2021. Dozens attended the “Shall Not Be…

Minnesota’s Governor Signs $20 Billion Education Budget Bill

The law invests an additional $543 million in E-12 education funding

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz stops by Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul to sign the $20 billion E-12 education budget bill into law. He was joined by students, teachers, and legislators. The law invests an additional $543 million in E-12 education funding. It’ll provide Minnesota schools with more resources per child and keeping the classroom doors…

Sen. Smith Introduces Mental Health Bill After Sharing Her Experience With Depression

The bill would help provide mental health resources to schools

FARGO, N.D. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say one in five Americans suffer from a mental health issue. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is introducing a bill to address it. She recently revealed she struggled with depression in her teens and late 30’s. “I’m really blessed that I was able to get the help I needed to…