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North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, introduces amendments addressing a misallocation of oil taxes Wednesday, March 27, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

North Dakota Senate votes to override Burgum on bill addressing court battle

BISMARCK — North Dakota senators voted unanimously to override Gov. Doug Burgum's veto of a bill that stemmed from a court battle between the two branches of government Thursday, April 11.

Senate Bill 2055 outlines the duties and membership of the Budget Section, a large legislative committee that mostly meets between regular biennial sessions to receive reports and approve some spending requests. Burgum said the legislation "disregards" the state Supreme Court's ruling last year that lawmakers had given the committee too much power over the state's purse strings.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, argued lawmakers would have to think about moving to annual sessions if the governor's veto went unchallenged.

The Senate easily cleared the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The House is expected to follow suit Friday.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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