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Published March 10, 2011, 08:43 AM

Legislative Session Amendment

A proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to stay in session for an extra month.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to stay in session for an extra month.

The constitution now limits North Dakota legislative sessions to 80 days every two years. The amendment would raise the time limit to 100 days.

The Legislature usually meets five days a week, so the amendment could stretch a normal legislative session into late May. The current 80-day limit is normally reached in late April.

Fargo Rep. Scot Kelsh told the House's Constitutional Revision Committee on Wednesday that the current 80-day limit means legislators are too pressed for time.

Kelsh says a longer session would provide more time for public comment.

If the amendment is approved by the House and Senate, it will go on the ballot in November 2012.

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