N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers over the next 1 ½ years could be studying issues of gambling addiction, state employee pay and Health Department management, among myriad other topics.
The 17-member Legislative Management, a panel that guides lawmakers’ work between sessions, meets Wednesday to pick which of 72 optional studies to carry out into late 2022.
The 2021 Legislature already required 12 studies be undertaken. Findings and recommendations from studies could produce bill drafts for the 2023 Legislature.
The Legislature can mandate or request studies be carried out. Some studies result from amended bills in an effort to learn more information about a major topic.
In the 2019-20 interim, 29 committees carried out 47 studies, which produced 31 bills and resolutions, 24 of which the Legislature passed. At least 15 studies produced no recommendations.
Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, who chairs Legislative Management, said the panel might approve about half of the proposed studies, to be carried out by 23-25 committees. The panel will set membership of committees in June.
The panel will pick studies by consensus, Holmberg said. He noted that “sometimes the Legislature passes study resolutions as a way to move forward during the session, so we’ll end up with some that will go on the cutting room floor right away, and then there will be those that we will look at and talk about.”