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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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