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Amy Dalrymple, Published March 20 2009

ND legislators monitor NDSU Bison tournament game while passing bills

BISMARCK – Legislators are multitasking today, monitoring the North Dakota State University Bison with laptops and headsets while passing bills on the floor.

Sen. Tony Grindberg of Fargo said it’s a good thing the calendar for today’s session, which started at 12:30 p.m., doesn’t contain many controversial bills.

“If it’s a tight game, I think it will be tough,” Grindberg said of keeping focus.

Most laptop screens in the House and Senate were tuned to NDSU’s NCAA tournament game against Kansas.

Sen. Carolyn Nelson of Fargo, an NDSU graduate and former NDSU professor, was showing a colleague how to access the game online.

“It’s a really exciting day for North Dakota,” Nelson said. “Even some UND fans are watching.”

The House goes into session at 1 p.m. Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo has said they may stop to focus on the game if it is close.