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Associated Press, Published December 03 2012

ND Legislature organizational session starts this week

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Legislature is preparing this week for the start of the 2013 session in January.

It's called the "organizational session, and it starts Monday. It ends Wednesday after Gov. Jack Dalrymple gives his budget recommendations to lawmakers.

Dalrymple says his budget will have a number of sweeping proposals. He says they'll be in line with the agenda he talked about during his election campaign.

Lawmakers are taking their oaths of office Monday, and picking out the desks they'll use for the next five months.

The biggest job for legislative leaders is to choose committee members. The Education and Judiciary committees in the House and Senate will be getting new chairmen.

The regular session starts Jan. 8.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.