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UPDATE: House Passes Border Bill, Sends to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hard-fought legislation that gives President Donald Trump 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border – well short of what he requested – is on the way to his desk after a bipartisan House vote. The House voted 300-128 with Republican North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson both voting in favor…

ND Senate Strikes Down Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Senate once again rejects a bill prohibiting housing and workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote failed by a 27-20 margin. Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman of New Rockford says people are leaving the state because they don’t feel accepted. Republican Sen. Diane Larson of Bismarck says no one testified in…

North Dakota Senate Passes Bill that Would Toughen Seat Belt Laws

North Dakota is one of 15 states requiring drivers to have a second offense to be pulled over

NORTH DAKOTA — In North Dakota, you can’t get pulled over for not wearing your seat belt unless you have another offense. A new bill moving through the legislature would make you see flashing lights if you’re not buckled up. The bill narrowly passed the Senate 24–23 and now moves to the House for a vote. “If I see somebody who’s…

House Passes Repeal of Sunday Shopping Restrictions, Senate Will Decide Fate Of Bill Next

North Dakota House voted to repeal the longstanding Sunday business restrictions by a vote of 56-35

BISMARCK, ND — State Rep. Kathy Skroch made a passionate plea before the North Dakota House. The Republican from Lidgerwood said, “For the sake of our well-being, for the good of our families and our state, we must not strip the last remnants of the North Dakota Sunday closing laws.” That plea was not enough as the North Dakota House voted…

Democrat Melissa Hortman Elected Minnesota Speaker of the House

State Representative Is From Brooklyn Park

ST. PAUL, MN — The 2019 Minnesota Legislature is in session. The House and its new Democratic majority were called to order around noon, while the Senate, where Republicans hold a two-vote majority, convened soon afterward. Democrat Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park was elected as House speaker. New Democratic Gov. Tim Walz told reporters he’s ready to cooperate with lawmakers from…

Saving Savanna’s Act: Activists Rally at Sen.-Elect Kevin Cramer’s Offices Across State

The bill was passed unanimously in the Senate, halted down the House

FARGO, N.D. — Time is running out to pass Savanna’s Act or it will be back to square one on the legislation in the next session. To prevent that from happening, activists for Native women’s rights were outside Senator-Elect Kevin Cramer’s offices across the state. Savanna’s Act would improve crime databases and start reporting missing and murdered indigenous people. The bill…

Former Minnesota House Speaker Picked For Walz Cabinet Post

Margaret Anderson Kelliher has been chosen to lead the Department of Transportation

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz has named a former speaker of the Minnesota House as his transportation commissioner and is keeping the budget commissioner of outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton. The Democrat appointed former House speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher to lead the Department of Transportation. The governor-elect announced that Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans will keep his…

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…

Partial Gov. Shutdown Could Be Days Away, Sen.-Elect Cramer Provides Insight

It could start on Saturday

WASHINGTON – With January a few weeks away, the government will see incumbents as well as some new faces taking over. Cramer’s transition from the House to the Senate is pretty seamless so far. But he says it’s unlikely the current House and Senate will say they’re having an easy time coming to an agreement on the funding for President Trump’s…