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Associated Press, Published June 11 2013

North Dakota legislative study committees formed

BISMARCK — Democratic lawmakers won't be serving as a chair or vice-chair of interim committees that will suggest legislation for the 2015 Legislature.

The Legislative Council on Monday named the members of 22 study committees that will be submitting reports, including suggested bills for the next Legislature to consider.

The council is a committee of 17 lawmakers that oversees the Legislature's business between sessions. It is headed by Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks.

Republicans have two-thirds majorities in both the North Dakota House and Senate, and they control the study and committee selection process.

Democrats protested the selection process. But Holmberg says Republicans held chairmanships during the regular session and it provides continuity to keep it that way between sessions.

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