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.