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Published January 30, 2011, 10:04 AM

Lawmakers consider bills related to health care reform, eating disorders, and autism

Bismarck, ND (Forum Communications) - North Dakota lawmakers continue to work on the hundreds of bills. Terri Finneman has this week's look ahead.

By: Teri Finneman, Forum Communications Co.

Health is a dominant theme among North Dakota lawmakers this week as the consider bills related to health care reform, eating disorders and autism.

On Monday Republican lawmakers will present resolutions to show their opposition to federal health care reform. Legislators will also hear a proposal to use tobacco settlement money to pay for an expansion of UND's medical school.

Another bill would require the state Health department to establish a training program to assist in early recognition and intervention of eating disorders.

On Tuesday lawmakers will hear a bill that would require a waiting period for divorce and mandatory marriage counseling. Health curriculum in schools will also be debated. One bill would require each school district to expose students to abstinence based concepts. This would include telling them that abstinence is the expected standard for all students and sexual activity outside of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.

On Thursday, lawmakers will discuss public employee retirement system medical benefits coverage for autism spectrum disorders. I'll also be keeping up with the latest on the Fighting Sioux nickname bills, school bullying and tuition.