Legislation

Legislature Aims to Fix Audit Law Requiring Criminal Probe

Gallion says he's not opposed to making some "adjustments'' in the law.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota legislative leaders say they will fix laws that require criminal investigations into some audit findings that may be the result of an unintentional mistake. Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner calls it an “issue that needs to be resolved.” Wardner says the solution could be as easy as amending language within existing laws to allow for more…

Leaders Speak Out: Savanna’s Act Unanimously Passed in the Senate, Stopped in the House

The legislation is designed to improve access to crime databases and reporting missing and murdered Native Americans

FARGO, N.D. — Just weeks after Savanna Greywind was abducted and tragically killed, Savanna’s Act was introduced to the senate. Just last week it was unanimously passed, and now it’s come to a halt in the House. Just over a year after being introduced to the Senate, Democrat and Republican senators are agreeing; they want Savanna’s Act to pass. “It…

Advocates Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness Day

Organizers say there can be a balance between Second Amendment rights and common sense legislation

FARGO, N.D. — The F–M chapter of the group Moms Demand Action held their own local event to take part in National Gun Violence Awareness Day. People wore orange to honor the lives lost to gun violence and to promote safety. “Gun control isn’t what we’re after. We’re after safety for our children. Whether it be in schools, people in our…

Sen. Heitkamp Introduces “Savanna’s Act” for Protection of Native American Women

She was the pregnant Fargo woman who was killed and whose baby was taken

FARGO, ND — Federal legislation aimed at protecting Native American women and girls from violence, abduction and human trafficking is named for Savanna Greywind. She was the pregnant Fargo woman who was killed and whose baby was taken. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduced Savanna’s Act in Washington, D.C. The legislation would improve tribal access to certain federal crime information databases. Heitkamp…

New GOP Health Care Proposal Could Mean $1 Billion Loss in North Dakota Federal Funding

The bill would shift health care money and power from Washington to states

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota could lose $1 billion in federal funding for health insurance over seven years. That is the finding of a report on the new Republican bill in Congress to replace Obamacare. The bill would shift health care money and power from Washington to states. President Trump and Republican Senate leaders are trying to rally 50…

Senator Franken Says Latest Health Care Proposal is Worse than Previous Plan

The development comes as the GOP has revived its partisan attack on Obamacare

NATIONAL — A bipartisan attempt at shoring up the Affordable Care Act is officially over in the Senate. The development comes as the GOP has revived its partisan attack on Obamacare, with Senate leaders and President Trump pushing repeal and replace legislation. Senator Franken is blasting the latest attempt by the GOP to replace Obamacare and calls the “Graham-Cassidy” bill…

Senator Franken Introduces New Legislation to Help Rural Communities in Minnesota

Franken said that every day the nation's farmers have our backs and he believes we need to have theirs as well.

MINNESOTA — A new package of legislation has been introduced by Senator Al Franken that supports farmers, producers and rural businesses in Minnesota. This proposed change would help them deploy more renewable energy projects and cut energy costs. Sen. Franken said that every day the nation’s farmers have our backs and he believes we need to have theirs as well….

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…

Senator Franken Introduces T.I.C.K.E.T.S. Act, Guarantees a Boarded Airline Passenger Their Seat

The bill also requires flight crews to check in to a flight at least 60 minutes prior to boarding

  NATIONAL — Senator Al Franken says he wants to stop airlines from booting paying air passengers from their seats. This comes after video of a man being forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight was released and caused a nationwide outcry. Franken helped introduce a bill, called the T.I.C.K.E.T.S. Act, which stands for Transparency, Improvements, and Compensation to Keep…

Speaker Daudt Gives Update on Current Legislative Session

The Minnesota Speaker of the House says tax relief for Minnesotans is a top priority

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt stopped by the Moorhead City Council chambers to give an update on the current legislative session. Daudt talked about the efforts Republicans and Democratic Governor Dayton have taken to find a compromise on the state’s nearly $2 billion dollar budget surplus. Topics also included improving the state’s health care system,…