- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - It’s crunch time for the North Dakota Legislature.

Monday is Day 71, which means North Dakota’s Senate and House have just nine days to clear bills on their respective calendars before the state constitution’s 80-day limit is imposed.

Data from the Legislative Council show 111 bills remained at midday Friday. Some 70 of those measures are in conference committees, where House and Senate members are working to reconcile differing versions of bills that have been endorsed in the other chamber.

Still ahead are big topics, including budget and tax bills, and an oil-tax measure that was introduced on Friday by GOP leaders that is being blasted by Democrats and leaders from the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

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