constitution

Group Files Lawsuit Against Minnesota’s Restrictions on Abortion

The lawsuit runs counter to the trend of states imposing stricter restrictions on access to abortion

ST. PAUL, MN —¬†Abortion rights supporters are seeking to overturn Minnesota’s restrictions on abortion, including its 24-hour waiting period and parental notification requirements. A lawsuit, filed in state court by Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, argues the restrictions violate Minnesota’s constitution. A 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court decision affirmed abortion rights. But the lawsuit says opponents have chipped away at…

Proposed Bill Would Require ND Schools to Offer Bible History Course

The proposed course would be offered as an elective at all public schools

FARGO, N.D. —¬†North Dakota legislators are discussing a bill that would allow public schools to offer a course on biblical history. State Representative Aaron McWilliams (R-Hillsboro) says if students want a deeper understanding of American history, they should learn how the Bible influenced the Founding Fathers. “The very first argument of the very first Constitutional Congress was whether or not…

Group Trying to Change ND Constitution Has Enough Signatures to Get on Ballot

Group trying to bar non-U.S. citizens from voting in North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA — A group wanting to change the North Dakota Constitution to bar non-U.S. citizens from voting says it has enough signatures to get on the ballot. Bismarck State Senate candidate Gary Emineth submitted more than 35,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office for review. The amendment’s supporters needed almost 27,000 to put the measure in the hands…

White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Voted Not Guilty of Violating Tribal Constitution

Mason had been accused of abusing her power by White Earth Reservation Chairman Terry Tibbetts

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee has voted “not” to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason. By a vote of 3 to 1, with six members voting silent, the executive committee determined that Mason did not violate provisions of the constitution. Mason had been accused of abusing her power by White Earth Reservation Chairman Terry Tibbetts. He…

Metro Celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day

The lunch included authentic Norwegian cuisine

FARGO, ND– First Lutheran Church in Fargo is celebrating an important Norwegian holiday. The church invited the community to a lunch in honor of Syttende Mai. The holiday represents the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in 1814. Hundreds showed up for the celebration, which included an accordion band and a look into traditional Norwegian customs. They also were able to…

Minnesota Lawmakers Concerned About Salary Increase Backlash

Minnesota voters set the 45 percent raise in motion in November by overwhelmingly approving a constitutional amendment to create a Legislative Salary Council

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt is instructing staff to not issue the $14,000 salary increases recently approved by an independent body. Minnesota voters set the 45 percent raise in motion in November by overwhelmingly approving a constitutional amendment to create a Legislative Salary Council. Though lawmakers no longer have the power to set their own…

How the Supreme Court Nominee Impacts a Generation

We ask a local political scientist why this important decision can reshape the constitution

  It’s a decision which affects all of us, and could affect us for a whole generation. MSUM political science professor Dr. Barbara Headrick said this is one of the most important positions in Washington D.C. “You only have nine people on the Supreme Court and that is the final arbiter of what does the constitution mean, what do federal…