Lawmakers look at different funding methods for Roosevelt library

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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.

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