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Governor Signs Outdoor Heritage Fund Into Law

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A bill which will enhance and protect the outdoors in North Dakota, is signed into law today.

House Bill 1278, also known as the Outdoor Heritage Fund, will receive $15 million each year from oil production taxes.

Governor Jack Dalrymple says the fund will provide opportunities from hunters to fishermen to enjoy the North Dakota outdoors.

"We believe that it is time that we set aside a substantial amount of money, as much as $30 million in a biennium for the preservation and enhancement of our great outdoors in North Dakota," Governor Jack Dalrymple said.

Republican Senator John Andrist says he isn't opposed to the Heritage Fund Bill, but thinks the money could be spent more responsibly, especially when it comes to infrastructure needs.

"Senate took almost $400 million out of House Bill 1358 which is the primary funding for helping us deal with infrastructure needs, they cut all the money out for EMS, hospitals and nursing homes, the extra money that would've dealt with special problems," Republican Senator John Andrist said.

The bill provides for a 12 member advisory board who will review and recommend grant proposals.

Grants will be used for everything from making it easier for sportsmen to access private and public land to improving fish and wildlife habitat.

 

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