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Port: Lawmaker sees no problem voting for legislation limiting auditor’s powers despite family connection to controversial audit

Watch the floor debates in the North Dakota legislature long enough and you’ll eventually see a lawmaker stand up and ask to be excused from voting on an issue because of a conflict of interest.

Sometimes it’s in earnest; sometimes it’s a joke.

At one point in this session one wag jokingly asked to be excused from voting on legislation related to traffic fines because he once got a speeding ticket.

But when legislation to limit the powers of the state auditor’s office came to the House floor – legislation which has proved so controversial it has inspired a referendum campaign – one lawmaker with a direct familial connection to a recent headline-making audit didn’t ask to be excused.

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