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ND Legislature overrides ‘Special Session’ veto

Gov. Doug Burgum
Gov. Doug Burgum(kfyr)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 1:07 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - For the second time this legislative session, the North Dakota State Legislature successfully overrode Gov. Doug Burgum’s, R-N.D., veto.

The bill calls for a special session of the legislature if the state receives more than $50 million in federal aid package, like the CARES Act or the upcoming American Jobs Plan.

Last year, state lawmakers said they wanted more of a say in the $1.25 billion the state received to fight the coronavirus. Burgum and the Emergency Commission, which is a small group of legislative leadership and executive branch members, were responsible for the allocations.

The Senate passed the override with a unanimous vote Tuesday night.

The House sided with the Senate and completed the override with a 75 - 11 vote. They needed 63 to override.

Burgum vetoed the bill saying the $50 million threshold is too low and said the law was unconstitutional due to separation of powers.

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