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Minnesota Lawmakers Reflecting on Bills Passed for Local Projects

Lien says this project has been in the works for more than 25 years and has finally been approved

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota state officials are working with community members to review and reflect on bills passed during the 2017 legislative session. State Representative, Ben Lien, says the most important project is the 20th-21st Street underpass. Lien says this project has been in the works for more than 25 years and has finally been approved. The underpass will help…

Minnesota Lawmakers Make Major Decisions on Budget Battle

Lawmakers reconvened around noon

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Legislative leaders have released a bill to borrow more than $1 billion for public construction projects that includes more than $250 million for transportation infrastructure. The bonding bill is expected to be the final piece of legislation that lawmakers take up during the special session, which was envisioned as a one-day event for Tuesday…

North Dakota Senators Upset About President Trump’s Cuts to Crop Insurance Programs

The budget battle begins but North Dakota's senators are not happy with the president's decision on crop insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump’s first budget is out and the battle begins on both sides of the aisle. But North Dakota’s two U.S. Senators are in agreement about one section of the budget: crop insurance. Republican Senator John Hoeven and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp both say cuts to the crop insurance program are unacceptable. Heitkamp says the president’s budget leaves…

Minnesota Lawmaker Working to Make it Harder for Parents to Opt Out of Vaccinations

DFL Rep. Mike Freiberg of Golden Valley hopes the ongoing measles outbreak will convince lawmakers to make changes

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — There are almost 70 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota so far this year. Now, a state lawmaker is hoping to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. Nearly 2,000 kindergartners weren’t immunized against measles this year because their parents presented a notarized statement to avoid vaccination. DFL Rep. Mike…

Gov. Dayton Signs Real ID Bill into Law

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Dayton has signed the Real ID bill into law while battling over the budget. Its passage allows the state to get an extension to continue using standard driver’s licenses to board planes until October 2020. State officials expect to begin issuing the new IDs sometime next year. Meanwhile, the Democratic governor and Republican legislative…

Minnesota House Passes Real ID Bill, Senate to Consider it Next

The bill will allow anyone with a Minnesota ID or driver's license to pass through airport security

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers have reached a deal on bringing the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards up to federal security standards. The House overwhelmingly passed the bill and now it heads to the Senate. The bill will allow anyone with a Minnesota ID or driver’s license to pass through airport security. Congress put a deadline for…

Lawmakers Won’t Override Gov. Burgum on Funding for Townships

Legislative leaders say they don't think they have enough votes to override the veto

  BISMARCK, ND — Lawmakers say they won’t dispute the veto made by Governor Burgum that cuts funding to at least 1,600 townships. After the session ended, the governor vetoed a $16.1 million bill that proposed giving each non-oil producing township $10,000. Gov. Burgum said the money is not a good use of the state’s “scarce financial resources.” Legislative leaders…

Minnesota Senate Introduces Bill to Raise Legal Age for Tobacco Purchases

The senate introduces a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 in Minnesota

MINNESOTA–Just two days after Edina made the change, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that raisesĀ the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Members of the Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Generation coalition calledĀ it a win. “It’s really a huge victory,” said Jason McCoy, the tobacco prevention coordinator with Clay County Public Health. Edina is the first city…

Gov. Burgum Signs Bill Eliminating a Percentage of Property Tax Rates

The two-year program eliminates counties' ability to tax for those services

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum has signed a bill eliminating a 12 percent buydown of property tax rates. It’s part of a bill that has the state taking over social services costs for its 53 counties. The two-year program eliminates counties’ ability to tax for those services. In exchange, the legislation ended the so-called tax relief fund. Burgum says…

Minnesota House Passes Bill Increasing Restrictions on Abortions

The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next week

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota House has passed legislation that would increase restrictions on abortions. The bills, passed on the strength of Republican votes, require abortion providers to obtain permits from the state’s health department and would ban the use of state funds for abortions. The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next week. Democratic…