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How is ND using American Rescue Plan money to fight Covid-19?

WASHINGTON & BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Many health organizations like the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention say getting vaccinated for the coronavirus is the best way to get the pandemic behind us. The American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden in March gave $1.9 trillion in relief, in part, to help beat the virus. “The American Rescue Plan…

Panel OKs draft legislative redistricting map with new districts in Fargo and the Oil Patch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A panel of lawmakers on Thursday substantially completed a draft of North Dakota’s new legislative map that creates three new districts in the state’s fastest-growing areas but erases an equal amount in population-lean rural regions. The preliminary plan unanimously approved by the Republican-controlled committee also forces several incumbent lawmakers to run against each other to keep…

North Dakota panel endorses changes to law that limits spending

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers have moved to raise the threshold on new legislation that limits spending of federal money by a governor-led panel. The law was passed shortly before the Republican-led Legislature adjourned in April. The legislation came after the Emergency Commission, headed by GOP Gov. Doug Burgum, largely determined how to spend $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus…

North Dakota tribal leaders call for split House districts

BISMARCK, N.D. – Some North Dakota tribal leaders want lawmakers to split legislative House districts that include reservations. The leaders told a legislative redistricting committee Wednesday such a move will increase the odds for electing American Indians to the Legislature. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith told the Republican-led committee that sub-districts would result in better representation and communication….

August brings hundreds of new laws in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Mothers may breastfeed their children in public without having to do so discreetly. Citizens can stand their ground and use whatever force necessary to protect themselves or their home. Booze will be allowed to be sold much earlier on Sunday mornings and state officials may not mandate face coverings. These changes are among hundreds of new state…

Minnesota lawmakers avoid government shutdown as final budget passes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

Recreational marijuana bill expected to pass Minnesota House Thursday

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — A recreational marijuana bill is expected to pass in the Minnesota House Thursday in a full floor vote. The bill aims to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult use in the state. If it becomes law, Minnesotans 21 years and older would be allowed to buy, have and use marijuana. The bill also calls for expunging criminal…

Future of Delta 8 products unclear in ND as legislators amend hemp regulations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – A recent surge in demand surrounding a certain cannabis product has pushed North Dakota lawmakers to amend the state’s hemp regulation bill. Delta 8 seems to be the newest craze in the world of hemp-derived products. “Delta 8 is THC but it’s extracted from hemp,” explained Your CBD Store owner Matt Yde. “So most people, when…

House proposal would raise North Dakota gas tax 6 cents

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering adding another 6 cents to the state’s 23-cent a-gallon gas tax. The House Finance and Taxation Committee has endorsed the hike to help pay for improvements to roads and bridges. A higher fuels tax is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars more annually, with the bulk going to a…