- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A bipartisan proposal would let North Dakota voters decide once again whether to eliminate the state Treasurer’s Office.

The resolution introduced Monday is sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Nathe of Bismarck and Democratic Sen. Tim Mathern of Fargo.

The proposal would close the office and split its duties among other agencies.

The state treasurer manages cash for North Dakota agencies and distributes some tax collections to local governments. The treasurer also serves on state boards that oversee government pensions and state land management.

It has been the smallest state agency headed by an elected official. It has about eight employees and a budget of about $1 million annually.

The change would require approval from North Dakota’s voters. They defeated attempts in 2000 and 1984.

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