Senate passes Theodore Roosevelt library funding a second time

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Monday, we showed you House members walking out on a conference committee talking about the Governor's Office budget and the Theodore Roosevelt Library.

Tuesday, the same group of legislators met and unanimously passed out the bill and got it to the Senate, where they passed the bill.

The paperwork was filed in about 45 minutes to get the bill to the floor, now it will go over to the House Wednesday for a vote.

The major sticking point turned into making the governor accept a salary. The amended version removes a section allowing the governor to decline his salary.

Legislators say the governor's pay shouldn't become a campaign issue and the library is too important of a project to get held up.

"We want to advance that objective, and whether the governor takes a salary or not isn't anywhere close to being as important as that project," said Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot.

"It has a lot to do with what happens in the future governorships. It also has to do with future running for the governor position and those types of activities in the future. To us, there's no reason why you shouldn't take it," said Rep. Jim Schmidt, R-Huff.

It's up to the House Wednesday, and if they approve the conference committee report, the bill goes to the governor.