BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is reworking a plan to commit public money for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library in western North Dakota.
Republican Majority Leader Rich Wardner introduced legislation Tuesday that will use $50 million from the state treasury and loans from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota to fund operating and maintenance costs of the proposed library in Medora.
The funding mechanism is a marked difference from legislation Wardner pitched last week that would use money from the voter-approved oil tax savings account.
The money must be matched by $100 million in private funds to build the facility that has been a top priority with Gov. Doug Burgum.
Senators will vote on the legislation on Wednesday. If approved, it will go to the House for consideration.