Crossover for the North Dakota Legislature was on Feb. 23. It took 36 days to move all bills that passed to the other chamber. By law, the Legislature can be in session no more than 80 days. Leadership is targeting to finish in 75 days. If the target date is met, the 65th Legislative Session will end on April 21. Progress has been made in working toward a balanced budget. Priorities of K—12 education and protecting the most vulnerable will be accomplished. State funding for K-12 education will be maintained at 115 mills, totaling $750 million.
March 4 is an important date for Republicans in Cass County. The nominating process begins for some statewide political candidates, the odd-numbered legislative district races and the choosing of delegates to the April 4-6 state convention in Minot occur at this time. County legislative district caucuses will be held together in Fargo’s Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. Attendees will be able to hear from statewide candidates running for office.