Rep. Lesmeister reports from Pierre

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In the House we passed House Bill 1020 that will increase the spending amount on state building improving projects from $1.5 million to $5 million. This bill also streamlines some projects for state owned buildings. The last increase in spending towards improving state buildings was in 1994, and as we all know, the cost of labor and products has gone up. To replace the roof on a building on the Dakota Dome or any building repairs to state prisons would likely cost more than $1.5 million to take on so the house vote to pass this bill.

HB1037 allows the state to seek a contract for the building of a sports complex at Northern State University. The school has not had a home game since the 1930's and the President of the University, Tim Downs, has reassured representatives that the school will always hold academics first and that this request is the last on their, "Campus Master Plan," in improving their campus.

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