- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Less than a month after the finishing the 2015 legislative session, North Dakota lawmakers have picked study topics that may prompt legislation for the next one.

Forty-four subjects were chosen on Wednesday, including studies of agriculture, education, energy, election and human services issues.

The Legislative Council, which is the Legislature’s research arm, said lawmakers this session requested study of 111 resolutions. That’s a record and about 30 more than the average over the past few sessions.

The Legislative Management committee decided Wednesday to cut the number of studies by more than half, and about equal to the number in past years.

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

The Legislative Management panel has 11 Republicans and six Democrats and includes legislative leaders from both the House and Senate. The committee oversees the Legislature’s business between sessions.

Grand Forks Republican Sen. Raymon Holmberg, chairman of the 17-member panel, said it will meet on June 16 to name the interim committees and appoint their members. In the next three weeks, lawmakers will be questioned about their assignment preferences, which will be used in forming the committees.

Holmberg said there are likely to be about two dozen committees, each of which will compile a report and any suggested legislation for the 2017 Legislature.

Most committee reports will be due in the fall of 2016.


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