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Published April 11, 2013, 04:24 PM

Senator changes position on oil impact funding bill

A Democratic Senator from Grand Forks who says she voted in good faith now regrets her actions on the oil impact funding bill. Connie Triplett says she voted for amendments that cut $400 million from the bill. The Senate was told the funding would be put into other bills, however a group of Democrats today says it hasn't seen that happen.

A Democratic Senator from Grand Forks who says she voted in good faith now regrets her actions on the oil impact funding bill. Connie Triplett says she voted for amendments that cut $400 million from the bill. The Senate was told the funding would be put into other bills, however a group of Democrats today says it hasn't seen that happen.

The group unveiled a plan to restore funding to roads, hospitals, schools and other services in oil-impacted communities. Triplett says she will offer an amendment to restore all the cuts. Democrats say if that fails, they will try to add funding for roads and target other bills to cover the hospitals and nursing homes.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is finishing work on the bill. House Republican Bob Skarphol who crafted the oil impact bill says he has faith the Senate will do the right thing to make sure the needed funds get to western North Dakota.

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