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Richard R. Dobson, Fargo, Published August 03 2013

Letter: ‘80-Day Al’ is not much of a leader

The 2013 session of the North Dakota Legislature was adjourned sine die at 4:30 a.m. on May 4, the 80th and final legislative day. Unfortunately, no clergyman was present to confer absolution upon House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo and his cohorts for their multiple sins of incompetency.

It’s too bad Bob McCarney isn’t still around. He would initiate a measure to force these slackers to complete their “work” in a timely fashion, or face severe financial penalties.

I covered the 1961 session as a rookie reporter for The Minot Daily News. At that time, the legislators were allotted 60 calendar days, including weekends and holidays. Sure, they had to “cover the clock” and run a few days overtime; they finished on about March 9. Folks, the issues nowadays are no more difficult or complicated than they were (in context) back then.

Rep. Bryce Streibel, R-Fessenden, Rep. Earl Strinden, R-Grand Forks and some others were House majority leaders who knew how to manage a session efficiently. Now – well, now we have “80-Day Al.”