Lawmakers set up potential lawsuits over veto, abortion

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Legislature and Gov. Doug Burgum have set the stage for two potential lawsuits in the waning days of the legislative session.

Burgum’s signature on an abortion bill last week could spur an eventual court challenge. And lawmakers are bracing for Burgum to perhaps file a Supreme Court challenge to a bill he believes encroaches on his executive authority.

Monday is Day 67 of the session, and the Legislature will have to hustle to meet a goal of finishing work in 72-75 days. The House and Senate still have most major spending measures and some policy bills embroiled in conference committee negotiations.

The North Dakota Constitution limits the Legislature to 80 days of meetings every two years.

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