Legislation

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,…

Gov. Burgum’s Veto on Staff Salary Bonuses Headed for Override

The Senate will hold its own override vote this week

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum’s first veto is headed for an override in the state legislature. The House voted 84 to 7 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that limits his ability to set salary bonuses for staff. That was well over the 63 votes needed. The Senate will hold its own override vote this week. Burgum…

ND Lawmaker Changes Proposal for State-Owned Casinos

The Republican House majority leader's original proposal would forbid state casinos from being built within 20 miles of a reservation

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Rep. Al Carlson has changed his proposal for up to six state-owned casinos, if voters approve. The Republican House majority leader’s original proposal would forbid state casinos from being built within 20 miles of a reservation. The amendment would double that distance. The new proposal would also allow the casinos anywhere in the state. Opponents say…

New Bill Introduced in Minnesota Turns “Snow Days” into “School Days” for Students

Minnesota Legislators are hoping to replace snow days with 'e-learning' days

MINNESOTA — Students in Minnesota may want to take advantage of any upcoming snow days before they’re over with for good. Sleeping in, building snowmen or having play dates with friends is what usually comes to mind when we think of having snow days. Yet, students may be kissing these days goodbye as lawmakers in Minnesota are working on establishing…

Legislation Against DAPL Protesters Fails in ND House

The bill said a driver who "unintentionally'' caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Legislation aimed at protesters who blocked roads during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations has failed in the North Dakota House. The bill said a driver who “unintentionally” caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged. The legislation’s primary sponsor, Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich, told The Washington Post recently the…

Sunday Blue Law One Step Closer to Being a Thing of the Past

One day after voting down a bill to kill North Dakota's Blue Laws, the House reconsidered and passed the bill

The Sunday morning Blue Laws are one step closer to being a thing of the past in North Dakota. The bill will move to the senate where there is strong support on both sides of the isle. Some local city officials believe the Blue Laws hurt the competitive edge of some Fargo businesses. “Those sales and those sales tax dollars…

Proposed Bill in Minnesota Could Help Farmers’ Property Taxes

In a panel discussion held Friday Minnesota representatives met with local farmers to hear concerns and go over a proposed property tax credit

Minnesota farmers have been dealing with rising property taxes over the past ten years. Now, a proposed bill could help alleviate some of those costs. Property taxes for Minnesota farmers have increased by 114% in the last 10 years. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said a combination of rising property values, demand for school improvements and lowered commodity prices have…

How Would Repealing the Blue Law Affect Fargo Businesses?

The answer is less obvious than you may think and opinons are all accross the board on this one

How would you like to shop in North Dakota before noon on a Sunday? A state lawmaker is trying to make that happen. Because of the blue law in North Dakota, some Fargo retailers said they could be missing out on extra sales. “The more hours you’re open, you make more sales,” said Chris Heaton, Senior Vice President of Property…

Bill Drafted in North Dakota Allowing Concealed Carry Without Permit

State Representative Rick Becker is looking to make North Dakota a "Constitutional Carry" state

NORTH DAKOTA A North Dakota State Representative wants you to be able to carry a loaded concealed firearm without a permit. Eleven other states have implemented what are called “constitutional carry laws” while another four have adopted limited versions of the law. In North Dakota, an open carry state, Representative Rick Becker says he doesn’t believe passing constitutional carry would…