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Minnesota lawmakers break off budget talks

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota House Democrats are blaming Senate Republicans and their refusal to increase state spending for a collapse in budget negotiations. Senate Republicans are blaming House Democrats for standing by their tax increase proposals. “Coming forward with zero change in their net position was extremely disappointing. At that point in the negotiations there really was nothing else to…

Minnesota Governor Signs Bill To Make Marital Rape Illegal

The Law prevented prosecutors from filing rape charges against people accused of sexually assaulting their spouses

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing rape charges against people accused of sexually assaulting their spouses. Looking on as Walz signed the bill was Jenny Teeson. The Andover woman went public after prosecutors dropped a felony charge against her now ex-husband. He drugged and recorded himself raping…

State Funding Approved For Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

The money must be matched by $100 million in private funds

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Doug Burgum is thanking state legislators after they voted to approve an endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. He says it will lay the foundation for a world-class tourism destination in western North Dakota. The House voted 76-16 after a nearly hour-long debate to use $50 million from the state treasury and loans…

Gov. Burgum Signs Immediate Changes To Medical Marijuana Program

Twelve conditions were added to the list of debilitating medical conditions including cancer

BISMARCK, ND — Some big changes have been implemented in North Dakota’s medical marijuana program. Twelve conditions were added to the list of debilitating medical conditions including cancer. A veteran receiving treatment from a federal VA entity may submit a copy of their medical records instead of getting a written certificate. Physician assistants can now complete a written certification. Those changes…

Bill Passed Funding ND Flood Projects, Well Below F-M Diversion Expectations

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Legislature passes a bill funding flood projects, but comes far short of what local officials and Gov. Doug Burgum are seeking for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion. The measure gives $750 million to the project. Total state funding approved for the diversion is $120 million less than what the Diversion Authority wants. The overall cost of…

MN Dems Put Gun Restrictions in Must-Pass Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota House Democrats slid two controversial gun control measures into a must-pass spending bill Thursday, daring Senate Republicans to hold a vote. Democrats said they had little choice but to include both measures – universal background checks and extreme risk protective orders – because the Senate would’ve blocked standalone bills. By putting them in a…

Minnesota Governor Signs “Snow Day Relief” Bill Into Law

Minnesota normally requires public schools to hold 165 days of classes per academic year, or they could lose state aid

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signing the “Snow Day Relief” bill passed by the legislature The bill was passed last week to allow school districts to count cold or snow days as instructional days, so they aren’t penalized for keeping students safe. “This was a compromise there was some issues to be worked out in making sure we…

MN Schools Won’t be Penalized for Snow Days Under Lawmakers’ Deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) -Minnesota schools won’t face financial penalties for calling several snow days this winter under a deal struck by the House and Senate. The agreement allows school districts to wipe away all of their days canceled for “health and safety” reasons. Districts would have to pay hourly workers or offer additional work to make up for lost wages….

Hands-free driving requirement clears MN Senate, allows scarves, hijabs to hold phone

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – On Monday, the Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly to ban drivers from using cell phones except in hands-free mode. The Senate’s 56-10 vote followed a similarly overwhelming vote in the House earlier this month. It clears the way for negotiations between the two chambers over their differing versions. The hands-free bill got stuck in the Senate a year ago, and family members of…

Senate Votes To Repeal ND Blue Law, Bill Heads to Gov. Burgum

The bill was passed by the house two months ago and goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s desk.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Senate votes 25-21 to repeal the state’s blue law which closes many businesses for 12 hours on Sunday. The bill was passed by the house two months ago and goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s desk. He has already said he supports the repeal. The National Conference of State Legislatures says North Dakota is the…