By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature’s 141 members have been assigned committees to study topics that could inspire bills for the next legislative session.

The Legislative Management committee assigned the lawmakers to 24 committees on Tuesday. The committees will study 44 subjects ranging from energy to education.

Each committee will compile a report and any suggested legislation for the 2017 session.

The Legislative Management committee is a 17-member panel that oversees the Legislature’s business between sessions. The panel named four Democrats to chair the interim committees. That’s the most since 2009, when there were eight. Last session, there were no Democrats who headed committees.

Republicans have two-thirds majorities in both the North Dakota House and Senate, and they control the study and committee selection process.

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