North Dakota Legislature nears end of days; major bills remain
“We’re moving along slow but sure, just like a snail, so I’d like to speed things up just a little bit,” Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, told the Senate on Friday morning, the Legislature’s 72nd official day of a maximum 80. Lawmakers are eyeing Wednesday or Thursday to adjourn.
Thirty-one conference committees remained as of mid-Friday. Legislative leaders said other major bills have yet to reach House-Senate panels for reconciling differences, such as the Office of Management and Budget bill, which is historically the last budget the Legislature handles.
“We’ve got these budget bills that we’re very close on that seem to be bogged down with, I would say, insignificant issues, but to somebody, it’s not,” Wardner said. “We just need to keep working through them.”
Conference committee agreements reached Friday afternoon would help move the load on Monday, Wardner said.
Lawmakers are crafting a likely record two-year budget and figuring out federal coronavirus aid, money for which they’re still awaiting guidelines.