Bismarck – Even though state lawmakers were sworn into office last month, the real work in the session got underway today.
Those lawmakers will have 80 gaveled in days to iron out a whole bunch of issues such as
funding for infrastructure, marijuana decriminalization, funding for behavioral health, and major changes to correctional facilities.
KX News talked with a political expert who tells us the biggest obstacle for lawmakers might be the clock.
“I think it’s a careful mitigation the legislators have to go through, how do we meet those constituent demands but also meet the demands of the time because I mean I think that’s nearly impossible in the modern era, It might need to be extended or figure out a different way to open up the process” Said Mark Springer, a political scientist with the University Of Mary.
He adds some of the most pressure may be on newly elected Democrat Ruth Buffalo. She is the first native-American woman elected to North Dakota’s congress.