Cass County legislators discuss 2021 legislative session priorities

The Cass County Legislative Policy Panel was hosted by the FMWF Chamber

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — It’s the second day of the Legislative Preview Summit hosted by The Chamber. Tuesday’s session featured State Sen. Jim Roers and Ron Sorvaag and Rep. Karla Rose Hanson of Fargo and State Sen. Judy Lee of West Fargo. Lawmakers discussed budgeting for the upcoming years, the FM Diversion Project and COVID-19 vaccine distribution. When asked if…

Democratic candidates from ND District 16 hope to give voice to the underrepresented

House candidates Hamida Dakane and Tracey Wilkie and senate candidate Kari Breker are running as a team to represent District 16 in the upcoming state legislative election.

WEST FARGO, N.D. — There was something unsettling about the North Dakota legislature that instantly stood out to Hamida Dakane. “If you look in the North Dakota house, whether it is Republican or Democrat or independent, the gender women is not represented well,” said Dakane. Dakene is hoping to be one of the faces to start changing that. She is…

ND State Rep. Ruth Buffalo Proposes Bills on Missing/Murdered Native People & Anti-Human Trafficking

Buffalo is the first Native American Democrat elected into the North Dakota legislature

FARGO, N.D. —  Ruth Buffalo never planed to get into politics. That is until her baby sister was killed by a drunk driver and she started doing some digging. “That led me down a path of researching traffic fatalities, looking at population growth and looking at the disparities within Fort Berthold Indian Reservation versus oil counties outside of the reservation…

YWCA Leaders Speak with Legislators, Push for State Support of Affordable Housing

Last biennium, organizations that help homeless people only received $300,000 from the state for housing

FARGO, N.D. — For many years, YWCA Cass Clay has been providing women and children battling homelessness and domestic violence a place to live and a chance to be heard. “We don’t want to speak for them, but we do want to share their struggles and at the same time, some of the triumphs and the success stories that women are…

Josh Boschee Declares Candidacy for North Dakota Secretary of State

The State Representative becomes the first Democrat to enter the race

FARGO, N.D. — A familiar face in North Dakota politics adds his name in the race to become the next Secretary of State.  State Representative Josh Boschee announced this afternoon that he plans to run for the Democratic endorsement in the upcoming election this November. Boschee has represented Fargo in the state legislature since he was first elected back in 2012….

Gov. Burgum’s Veto on Staff Salary Bonuses Headed for Override

The Senate will hold its own override vote this week

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum’s first veto is headed for an override in the state legislature. The House voted 84 to 7 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that limits his ability to set salary bonuses for staff. That was well over the 63 votes needed. The Senate will hold its own override vote this week. Burgum…

ND Senate Kills Repeal of Sunday Shopping Law

The bipartisan measure lifting the state's so-called blue laws failed 22-25

  BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Senate has killed a bill to repeal the state’s longstanding Sunday business restrictions. The bipartisan measure lifting the state’s so-called blue laws failed 22-25. It had narrowly passed the House 48-46 last month. The National Conference of State Legislatures says about a dozen states have some form of Sunday sales laws, but only…