Port: Obsessed with culture war, this Legislature can’t get its work done, and it’s costing taxpayers


MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s lawmakers operate under some significant time restraints.

Per Article IV, section 7 of the state constitution, the Legislature must begin its regular session no later than Jan. 11 on odd-numbered years after an election.

“No regular session of the legislative assembly may exceed eighty natural days during the biennium,” the constitution states, defining a “natural day” as a 24-hour time period.

But there’s a loophole.

A day only counts if the lawmakers gavel in for a floor session.

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