Do you want to spend $100,000 per day for North Dakota lawmakers to fight about masks?


MINOT, N.D. — The daily cost of the Legislature meeting in special session is about $100,000.

Let’s make sure the issues the Legislature is debating on those days are worth the cost.

We knew the Legislature would be holding a special session this month in Bismarck to attend to the decennial requirement for redistricting. What we didn’t know, until last week, is how that session would be structured.

Legislative leaders had two options.

They could have re-convened their regular legislative session from earlier this year. The state constitution allows the Legislature to gavel in for up to 80 days every two-year cycle, and the lawmakers had four of those days left to use.

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