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House Approves Oil Impact Legislation

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The bill to send money to western North Dakota to help deal with the impacts of oil development is one step closer to being a done deal.

The North Dakota House passed the $1.1 BILLION dollar bill tonight.

The Senate will act on it Thursday morning.

The bill has had a roller coaster of a ride after the Senate gutted the bill and then returned the funding.

As it stands now, the funding is similar to how it originally passed the House.

The bill allows cities, counties and townships in oil country to keep a larger share of oil taxes for impacts.

The three hub cities of Williston, Minot and Dickinson split $90 million.

$50 million goes to schools in oil country.

The bill now includes more money to be distributed in oil impact grants instead of going directly to EMS, law enforcement and fire departments.

 

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