GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks leaders are hoping lawmakers can make it a smoother ride through the city.

They are supporting a bill called the "prairie dog bill," which would funnel oil money from western North Dakota to non-oil producing cities, such as Grand Forks, for infrastructure projects.

If approved by lawmakers as planned, the city would get $12 million for such projects over the next two years and the county would get $7 million.

City leaders say this will save taxpayers money and get them to invest instead.

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"So we know that it's a great place for people to invest," said Grand Forks City Spokesperson Pete Haga. "So whether you're investing in buying a home for yourself and your family or you're investing by starting your business or expanding your business, you know that the infrastructure on which you're doing that is going to be sound."

Other legislative priorities for city council include behavioral health and opioid treatment, along with prevention funding, support for university research, UAS funding, and a statewide communications system for emergency responders.