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Bill Passes to Address Housing Shortage in Western North Dakota

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The North Dakota legislature has passed a bill that is intended to address the shortage of housing in western North Dakota.

The Senate gave it's final approval to House Bill 1029, which expands the housing incentive fund.

Private companies and citizens can donate to the fund and in return get a tax credit equal to their donation.

The bill gives first priority to essential government services for housing that would include city and county workers along with school and hospital employees.

Senator Dwight Cook says there are currently 200 units owned by non-traditional landlords including cities and schools to house employees.

Cook says, "The intent of this bill now is to get our political subdivisions out of the housing business. They shouldn't be in it. school superintendents and school boards should not be focusing on education not housing. The same with our county and city governments."

The bill has an emergency clause, so the bill goes into effect as soon as the governor signs it into law.

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