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Meet State Sen. Scott Meyer of District 18

As he enters his second session in the state Legislature, Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, remembers his first time representing District 18 in Bismarck.

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As he enters his second session in the state Legislature, Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, remembers his first time representing District 18 in Bismarck.

"I felt like a freshman in high school," he recalled. "This time will be light years different."

Meyer will serve on the Finance and Taxation committee and the Governmental and Veteran Affairs committee, the latter of which he will be vice chairman.

"I'm excited about that because we're a defense community," he said.

Meyer looks forward to proposing and supporting several bills, many that will focus on military personnel. One bill Meyer has discussed bringing forward will ensure occupational licensing reciprocity for military spouses, something secretaries of the Air Force, Army and Navy have all suggested will help with base retention.

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"It's also making sure families are meeting full earning potential," Meyer said.

Meyer is co-sponsoring bills from other legislators on a range of topics, including the decriminalization of marijuana and repealing blue laws that keep many businesses from opening before noon on Sunday.

Also having constituents in the downtown area, Meyer said he's against anything that will entail removing Renaissance and tax-increment-financing districts, which he said have led to a "just tremendous" downtown in Fargo.

"I can only hope our Grand Forks can follow suit with its developments," he said.

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