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Associated Press, Published January 08 2013

Former congressman lobbying for update to 1993 law

BISMARCK — A familiar political figure showed up for the start of North Dakota's legislative session, this time in a different role.

Earl Pomeroy served as North Dakota's lone congressman for 18 years before losing two years ago. He has since joined a Washington, D.C., law firm.

Pomeroy says he was on hand because of "client interest" and was talking to lawmakers about updating a 1993 law on public and private partnerships for infrastructure. He says the law was passed when Fargo wanted a toll bridge.

Pomeroy says that even with the state's sound fiscal situation, there is not enough money to meet all the infrastructure needs, primarily in western North Dakota.

The former North Dakota state representative and insurance commissioner said the first day of the session brought back fond memories.

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