legislative session

Gov. Walz Considers Special Session to Help Diabetics

Walz says he's open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can't afford the cost of insulin,

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz says he’s open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can’t afford the cost of insulin, but lawmakers must first work out a deal. A measure that would have established an emergency insulin program had broad support during the legislative session, but was left out of budget bills. The program would…

Local Lawmakers Hear from Citizens at Legislative Forum

Issues that came up include education, diversion, and infrastructure

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The second of a series of three legislative forums lets people ask questions about what’s happening in local government. The legislative process is basically broken into three periods. The first is when bills are introduced. The second, which is the crossover period, is when bills are either finished in the House or Senate and go to…

Changing Gun Laws Could Change the Game for Campus Gun Policies

The proposed bill to allow guns in state owned buildings put Universities in a legal grey area

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Board of Higher education passed a measure making it the only body who can decide if guns should be allowed on college campuses. It’s in response to North Dakota lawmakers proposing another gun bill which would allow firearms into buildings owned or managed by the state. This would put public universities like NDSU in…

NDSU Students Rally Support Against Restrictive Education Bills

Student government officials believe the bills would do more harm than good

NDSU student government organized an on–campus letter writing campaign. The student body was invited to stop by Memorial Union to write letters to state lawmakers in opposition to two bills under consideration. One would raise tuition for Minnesota residents attending North Dakota state schools, and the other would limit the number of out–of–state students that attend schools such as NDSU….

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…

Legislative Sessions Begin In ND and MN

Lawmakers fill the state capitols as they get ready for the first legislative sessions of 2017.

Lawmakers fill the state capitols as they get ready for the first legislative sessions of 2017. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum will give his first State of the State address. You can stream the address here. State Representative Jim Kasper of Fargo says local issues like the FM diversion and the funding of the  project to bring that water from…

ND Lawmakers Preparing for 2017 Legislative Session

North Dakota lawmakers have plenty of items on their list to discuss for the first session of the year

North Dakota lawmakers are preparing for the 2017 Legislative Session that starts tomorrow in Bismarck. Governor Doug Burgum will give his State of the State address and announce his budget plans. State Representative Jim Kasper of Fargo says local issues like the FM diversion and voting IDs will be a topic of discussion. He says the number of affidavit ballots…