- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s House believes the Legislature should not meet annually.

The House voted 65-27 to kill a bill that would bring lawmakers back to the Capitol annually to deal with more issues spurred by the state’s explosive growth.

North Dakota’s Legislature meets every two years.

Rep. Keith Kempenich was the primary sponsor of a bill that would hold a 20-day session in even-numbered years and 60-day session in odd-numbered years.

A Senate bill was defeated earlier this month that would hold a 50-day session in odd-numbered years and 30-day session in even-numbered years.

Lawmakers have debated holding annual sessions for years.

North Dakota is one of only four states - along with Montana, Nevada and Texas - where the Legislature doesn’t meet every year.

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