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Published January 23, 2011, 10:00 AM

Sioux nickname, bullying issues on tap for this week's legislative session

(WDAY TV) - The North Dakota Legislature is heating up. Correspondent Teri Finneman has this week's highlights.

By: Teri Finneman, WDAY

For Fighting Sioux nickname supporters and opponents, this is your week to make your voice heard to state lawmakers. But the school nickname isn't the only hot button issue slated for this week.

The week begins with more testimony related to school bullying bills. Also Monday, lawmakers will discuss a penalty for providing a location for underage drinking.

On Tuesday, legislators will discuss those with mental disabilities and the possession of firearms.

A hearing to temporarily ban tuition increases at the state's public colleges is also planned for Tuesday.

All of the bills related to the Fighting Sioux nickname will be heard Wednesday. Hearings begin at 9 a.m. in the state Capitol. Later that morning, lawmakers will discuss a bill related to limiting property tax increases.

On Thursday, texting while driving is in the hot seat and rounding out the week on Friday is the bill related to graduated driver's licenses. It's a week in politics you won't want to miss.

You can keep up with all of the action through Teri's blog,