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Minnesota 2018 Legislative Session Begins On Tuesday

Tax Code, opioid abuse and public construction high on the agenda

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are heading back to the Capitol Tuesday with a long list of work but uncertain odds of finishing it. Squaring Minnesota’s tax code with the recently passed federal tax cuts may get top billing. But it won’t be easy for the Republican-controlled Legislature to make sure taxpayers can easily file their taxes next year…

At Least Four Injured After Semi Crashes into Minnesota School

School officials say two of the students suffered minor injuries and the two people in the car were also hurt

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Governor Dayton Looking to Borrow Money for Wish-List Construction Projects

He says the time is ripe to invest heavily in public construction

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing to borrow $1.5 billion for a vast list of public construction projects. The Democratic governor released his so-called bonding bill wish list. It puts a heavy emphasis on upkeep at public colleges and universities, expanding affordable housing options and improving water infrastructure across Minnesota. He says the time is ripe…

Concordia Students Kick Off New School Year

About 570 incoming freshman flooded Olin Hill to show their school spirit for their new home at Concordia

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Students and faculty at Concordia College are excited to kick off the school year. Concordia’s traditional beanies have been taking over their campus for nearly 100 years and the annual toss is back this season. About 570 incoming freshmen flooded Olin Hill to show their school spirit for their new home at Concordia. Some of the students…

North Dakota Highway Officials Increase Littering Fines by 400 Percent

The bill was passed during the last legislative session

FARGO, ND — You may want to reconsider tossing a cigarette out your car window from now on. Highway officials are cracking down on litter by imposing a 400 percent fine increase. Anyone caught tossing trash out on the highway will now have to pay a $500 fine as opposed to the standard $100. The bill was passed during the…

North Dakota Lawmakers Getting to Work on Next Session

Each committee will compile a report and any suggested legislation for the 2019 session

  BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Legislature’s 141 members are already at work on the next legislative session. The Legislative Management committee has assigned the lawmakers to conduct 50 studies on topics such as state retirement funding, health care and the financial condition of the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. Each committee will compile a report and any…

GOP Continues Budget Planning, Despite Gov. Dayton’s Veto Threats

A health care budget also seeks to abolish MNsure by 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s Republican Legislature isn’t backing down from Gov. Dayton’s veto threats as lawmakers finalize their budget offer. The Legislature started piecing together budget bills Monday as legislative leaders prepared to head into negotiations with the Democratic governor. The environmental funding bill would delay Dayton’s initiative requiring buffers between cropland and waterways until 2019. Dayton has vowed…

Gov. Burgum Gives Himself a Passing Grade for First Legislative Session

He also had to deal with the contentious protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum gives himself a B-plus grade for his first Legislative session. Burgum told the Associated Press that it was “full-blown crisis management” when he took over in December. The wealthy former computer software executive took charge against the backdrop of an unprecedented state revenue shortfall. He also had to deal with the contentious protest over the…

North Dakota Legislature Adjourns for 2017 Session

Leaders thanked members in each party and their staffs for all of their work to get the session done before the mandated 80-day cutoff

  BISMARCK, ND — After four months and 77 days in session, the North Dakota legislature has adjourned the 2017 session. Leaders thanked members in each party and their staffs for all of their work to get the session done before the mandated 80-day cutoff. Gov. Burgum thanked the legislature for “working with the executive branch and other state agencies…

Session Time Ticking as ND Lawmakers Rush to Finish in Time

This is day 72, and lawmakers may meet Saturday as they work to resolve remaining bills and agree on a budget

  BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature is racing to finish its work five days before the constitutional 80-day limit. This is day 72, and lawmakers may meet Saturday as they work to resolve remaining bills and agree on a budget. The session opened in January with more than 800 measures. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says there were…