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Committee balks at cash payments to residents

BISMARCK -- Members of the House Judiciary Committee gave a bill that would authorize payments of state dollars to residents a do not pass recommendation on Monday.

BISMARCK - Members of the House Judiciary Committee gave a bill that would authorize payments of state dollars to residents a do not pass recommendation on Monday.
The House Judiciary Committee took up House Concurrent Resolution 3013, which is a proposed change to the state constitution allowing direct payments to North Dakota residents. If passed, HCR3013 would go before voters on the 2016 general election ballot.
Prime bill sponsor Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, said legislators would be tasked with setting up eligibility standards for receiving direct payments.
“It’s really an idea of how the state runs itself. If the state receives substantially more than it needs, there could be a distribution to bring it into balance," said Nelson, explaining that this money would be separate from the Dakota Legacy Fund.
Rep. Kris Wallman, D-Fargo, asked whether a distribution would ever occur if the resolution passed.
“It seems like there’s always something the state can spend it on,” Wallman said.

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