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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…

Massive Farm Bill Is Passed By Congress, President Trump Is Expected To Sign It

The bill includes safety nets for producers and funding for the SNAP program

WASHINGTON — The massive nearly $900 billion farm bill is headed to President Trump. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota chaired the Senate vote and said, “The vote on the conference committee report is 87 yea 13 nay. The conference report is agreed to.” The Senate passed the bill yesterday and this afternoon it passed the House. Senator Hoeven is chairman of…

Senate Passes Massive $867 Billion Farm Bill, Now Headed To The House

The mammoth package will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a massive new farm bill and it’s now headed to the House. The measure bears a price tag of $867 billion over 10 years. The bill passed in the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 87-13. The mammoth package will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes…

Sen. Heitkamp in Farewell Speech “I want you to continue to dream and continue to believe”

WASHINGTON – North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp had an emotional goodbye to Washington after one term in a farewell speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday. The Democrat told her colleagues “gridlock and partisanship does not have to rule the day.” The 63-year-old says she fought every day for rural America. That includes what Heitkamp believes are her biggest successes like…