AUDIO: Local rep discusses legislative priorities

Minnesota’s 5A representative Matt Bliss discussed some of the issues he is working on this session.

Bliss, a Republican from Pennington representing portions of Beltrami, Cass and Itasca counties, says the “stand your ground” bill he introduced earlier in the session may not receive a hearing this year in the House.

Bliss says it addresses what he perceives as shortfalls in Minnesota’s traditional stance of “duty to retreat.”

Bliss is also a co-signer on a bill that would help Bemidji Area Schools with their transportation shortfall. Due to the Bemidji district’s vastness, the transportation formula from the state generally costs at least $750,000 a year out of the district’s general fund.

Listen to the interview with Rep. Bliss here:


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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