North Dakota House shuts down shutdown bill
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House killed a bill Thursday, March 14, aimed at addressing the effects of a federal government shutdown.
Senate Bill 2357 was introduced by legislative leaders from both parties amid the longest federal government shutdown in history. It would have required the state-owned Bank of North Dakota guarantee loans made by financial institutions to federal workers who live in the state and go without pay during a shutdown.
Opponents said the bill was unnecessary and that private banks were already taking care of the issue. It failed in a 71-18 vote.