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Update: North Dakota Legislature Session Adjourned

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Updated Saturday 9:30 PM

The North Dakota legislative session came down to the final minutes this morning. With less than three hours to spare, lawmakers ended the 63rd legislative session at 4:30 A.M. They worked through the night to wrap up the remaining bills, which included one to fund K-12 education and provide property tax relief.

Here's a breakdown:

Late Friday night, that the conference committee came to an agreement that the state should contribute 60 mills  to the K-12 funding formula. 

After that, lawmakers turned their focus on another piece of property tax legislation.All together, North Dakota will see over 860 million dollars in tax relief, which according to the house majority leader, will provide a total of a 45% reduction to the average homeowner when included with previous relief.

The legislature also passed 250 million in corporate and personal income tax cuts. 

The final bills passed will now go to the governor for consideration. 

Updated Saturday 10:00 AM

North Dakota's Legislature ended its longest session early Saturday morning.

KFGO reports the 2013 session adjourned at about 4:35 a.m., after lawmakers endorsed spending plans for the Department of Public Instruction and the Office of Management and Budget, which serves as Legislature's last-minute catchall bill.

The marathon day that came to an end after approval of the two spending measures that completed work on the Legislature's $14 billion, two-year budget. It includes $6.9 billion in state general fund spending.

 

Updated May 3, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.

Time and patience are running out for the men and women elected to serve in the 2013 North Dakota Legislature.

The law says they have complete their work in 80 days. This is the 80th day, and tonight committees have been meeting to smooth over the trouble spots, which include property taxes, K-12 education, and the office of management and budget bill - which is a catch-all bill that includes things that didn't make it through earlier.

Here's where we stand on those...

Regarding both property tax and k-12 education:

Over in the House, Majority Leader Al Carlson -- who's right at the center of this last-minute tug-of-war --  got up to tell everyone that final versions were being written, so we're looking for those to hopefully be voted on within the hour.

There will be funding for K-12, and about $200 million in property tax relief.

The catch all bill will go soon after.

It's been heated at times, with slamming doors heard in the Senate chambers, and there's a real sense of urgency that this needs to get done -- and get done now.

Sen. Tim Mathern, (D) Fargo: "What's happening is people have to stay in a room and agree not to leave until they come to a compromise... and there's anger, passion, resignation...all kinds of emotion that are taking place."

The House will be back in session at 11 tonight, hoping to vote on those bills -- but as we've seen earlier today, whatever progress they make can be lost just as quickly, and they could be going until after midnight.

This would still fall within the legally mandated 80-day session, because a Congressional day is 24 hours long; since they started at 7 this morning [Friday], they can go until 7 tomorrow morning if needed.

If they still can't wrap it up, the Governor would have to call a special session which could start as early as next week.

 


Original Story

North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history. Friday is Day 80. That eclipses the 2009 session when lawmakers met for 79 days.

Lawmakers are mulling last-minute measures before the state constitution's 80-day limit is imposed at midnight.

The last day of the session is commonly called Sine Die which means adjourning without setting another meeting.

Valley News Team's Brandon Clark is in Bismarck at the state capitol and will bring the latest.

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