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Published May 03, 2013, 02:40 PM

80-day North Dakota Legislature marks record

North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history.

Friday is Day 80. That eclipses the 2009 session when lawmakers met for 79 days.

Lawmakers are mulling last-minute measures before the state constitution's 80-day limit is imposed at midnight.

The state Office of Management and Budget bill serves as the Legislature's last-minute catchall, into which all manner of proposals are dumped. The bill had some 26 proposed amendments at noon Friday.

Lawmakers call the OMB bill the "Christmas Tree," and it's typically the last bill of the session to be approved.

The last day of the session is commonly called Sine Die (SYN'-ee DY'-ee), which means adjourning without setting another meeting.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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