- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Legislature is preparing for the second day of a three-day special session to address a $310 million shortfall in the state budget.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and GOP legislative leaders are pushing a bill that would make further cuts to government agencies, skim profits from North Dakota’s state-owned bank and drain what’s left of a rainy day fund to make up the shortfall.

The measure won endorsement Tuesday by the Senate’s delayed-bills committee, which is controlled by the Legislature’s GOP leadership.

The GOP bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration on Wednesday morning, and House appropriations later in the afternoon.

Bismarck Republican Rep. Mark Dosch says he intended to offer an amendment in the House that would more than double cuts to state agencies proposed by GOP leadership.

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