65th Legislative Session (2017-2019 Biennium)
This page was created to provide you with easy access to the North Dakota district maps and a list of the North Dakota legislators per district in Cass County as well as contact information for legislators across the state. Informational material regarding bills relevant to state employees has also been included below.
If you work at NDSU but live in Minnesota, you may contact any of the ND legislators on your personal time to share with them your opinions on any of the bills.
NDSU employees may share their personal views with our state's legislators, HOWEVER...
You must use personal resources (including email) and time for voicing your opinion on political matters! [Employees, Board Members] may not use NDUS identification, stationery, supplies, and equipment for personal or political matters – SBHE Policy 308.1
Identify Your District
You can access the full list of state legislators by clicking on the heading above. A detailed list of Cass County legislators is listed below.
Cass County Districts
District 11: Senator- Tim Mathern, Representatives- Gretchen Dobervich & Ron Guggisberg
District 13: Senator- Judy Lee, Representatives- Kim Koppelman & Christopher D. Olson
District 16: Senator- David Clemens, Representatives- Ben Koppelman & Andrew Marschall
District 21: Senator- Carolyn Nelson, Representatives- Kathy Hogan & Mary Schneider
District 22: Senator- Gary A. Lee, Representatives- Michael Howe & Brandy Pyle
District 27: Senator- Jonathan Casper, Representatives- Thomas Beadle & Randy Boehning
District 41: Senator- Kyle Davison, Representatives- Pam Anderson & Al Carlson
District 44: Senator- Merrill Piepkorn, Representatives- Josh Boschee & Karla Rose Hanson
District 45: Senator- Ron Sorvaag, Representatives- Mary Johnson & Tom Kading
District 46: Senator- Jim Roers, Representatives- Jim Kasper & Shannon Roers Jones
How To Contact Your Legislators
During a legislative session, a legislator can be reached at the State Capitol through Contact My Legislators or by leaving a message with the legislative telephone message center at 1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447) or 701-328-3373 (local). Legislators are willing to listen to their constituents voices but you need to speak up to be heard.
Here is the personal contact information listed on the nd.gov website for each legislator:
Bills Relevant to State Employees
Senate Bills (Those that originated in the Senate)
SB 2003: Budget Appropriations
SB 2035: Higher Education Funding Formula Minimum Amount Payable
SB 2037: Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program Eligibility
SB 2054: Higher Education Tuition Waivers for Law Enforcement Officers
SB 2063: Advancement of Academics Matching Grants
House Bills (Those that originated in the House)
HB 1030: Campus Improvement and Building Construction
HB 1036: Repeal of the Student Financial Assistance program Advisory Board
HB 1265: Limiting out of state students enrolling in ND higher education institutions
Testifying Before a Legislative Committee
You have the right...
You have the right, as do all citizens, to testify before the North Dakota Legislative Assembly on any bill or resolution. North Dakota has one of the most open legislatures in the nation. Every bill must have a public hearing before a legislative committee, must be publicly voted upon by the committee, and then must come before the full House or Senate for still another public vote.
Your opportunity to testify on a bill comes at the committee hearing. Legislative committees meet in rooms on the ground floor or in the legislative wing of the State Capitol. You can come into a committee meeting at any time, even if the door is closed or a hearing is in progress.
Lists of the legislative committees, committee members, and the days and places committees meet are available on the www.legis.nd.gov website and at the legislative information kiosk in the hall between the Senate and House chambers. Committee hearing schedules are available on the above mentioned website and can be viewed on the monitors by the information kiosk and in the hall of the ground floor at the Capitol.
Most current versions of bills and amendments are available on the above mentioned website also. You can also get copies of bills from the Bill and Journal Room. However, if the bill has been amended, the printed bill may not include the amendments.
Hearings before North Dakota Legislative Committees are generally informal. However, there are a few rules that should be observed!
Before the Hearing You Should...
- Find out when and where your bill will be heard. Be on time for the hearing. Usually, once a hearing is closed on a particular bill, no further testimony is heard.
- Plan your testimony. It is not necessary, but it is helpful, to have written copies of your comments available.
- See if other persons will be testifying on your bill. If so, try to coordinate your testimony before the hearing to avoid duplication.
- Contact the Secretary of State's office if you are going to testify on behalf of anyone but yourself to see if you must register as a lobbyist.
At the Hearing You Should...
- Be present at the start of the hearing. All persons present usually get a chance to speak, but sometimes because of large turnouts it is not possible to give everyone a chance to speak. If you do not get a chance to testify, your presence may be acknowledged and you might be asked if you favor or oppose the bill. Also, you can always submit written testimony.
- Sign the witness sheet at the lectern. Give the bill number, whether you favor or oppose the bill, your name, your lobbyist registration number if you have one, and who you represent if other than yourself.
- Wait your turn. The chairman announces the beginning of the hearing on a particular bill. The clerk will read the bill. The first speaker is usually the bill's sponsor. The chairman then asks for testimony first from proponents and then opponents.
- Plan on following the custom (although it is not absolutely necessary) of beginning your remarks by addressing the chairman and committee members, giving your name and address, and why you are there. For example: "Mr. or Madam Chairman and members of the committee, my name is John Q. Public from Edwinton. I'm in favor of this bill because, etc."
- Be brief. Do not repeat what others have said. The hearings are informal so be conversational. Avoid being too technical. Avoid using acronyms or technical references unless you first explain what they mean.
- Do not be nervous or worried about doing something wrong. There are no "rights and wrongs" about testifying. Legislators are just your friends and neighbors who want to hear what you have to say.
- Expect some questions and comments from committee members. These questions are not designed to embarrass you but merely to provide additional information.
- Avoid any clapping, cheering, booing, or other demonstrations.
After the Hearing...
- Some committees vote right after a hearing. Others wait until the end of the meeting. Some postpone voting until another meeting.
- All committee action is public so you can stay to listen to committee debate and its vote even though the public comment portion of the hearing is over.
- One or two days later you can check with the committee clerk, your legislator, or the legislative information kiosk to find out how the committee voted on your bill
You have a right to testify on any bill before a legislative committee. Legislators want to hear what you have to say.
Information above sourced from www.legis.nd.gov