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With end of session in sight, ND lawmakers look to address major budget bills

BISMARCK -- North Dakota lawmakers will know later today whether they’ll be working Saturday to wrap up the legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said Thursday, April 20.

Lawmakers have been pushing to end the 2017 session before reaching their constitutional limit of 80 days. Thursday marked the 72nd legislative day.

Wardner said Thursday morning there were about 33 bills left to process.

“People have been working hard, especially those who are in conference committees and appropriations,” he said. “We want to get done in efficient time, but we want to do good work too.”

Still waiting for a final floor vote are a number of major budget bills, including for higher education, the Department of Human Services and the Public Employees Retirement System. The Senate has yet to take its first vote on the Office of Management and Budget funding bill, and a conference committee hasn’t been assigned.

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