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Published February 27, 2011, 11:25 AM

ND lawmakers look ahead at the second half of the legislative session

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota lawmakers have finished the first round of their work. Teri Finneman is here to look ahead at the second half.

By: Teri Finneman, WDAY

State lawmakers left the state Capitol on Thursday for what's essentially their spring break. They return on Wednesday, and each chamber will then take up the bills passed by the other. Before they left, I asked floor leaders to preview the second half.

STATE REPRESENATIVE AL CARLSON - (R) Fargo - House Majority Leader: “Well, obviously we react to what the other chamber sends to us, but I think the message will be we're going to fund our priorities, we're going to build a strong reserve, and we're going to return money to the taxpayers. I mean, with that as a theme in mind, a lot of the things revolve around those three issues and things are going well on those. We're still in a great financial situation, we're going to make sure our spending is sustainable and that's the direction we're headed.”

STATE SENATOR RYAN TAYLOR - (D) Towner - Sen. Minority Leader: “Some advocacy groups would say that we really need to fix this in the Senate. Whether you're in higher education or whether you're in K-12. I don't know if we can get it fixed in the Senate and I think one of the interesting things will be: What makes it all the way to the governor's desk that will potentially need a veto pen?”

Legislators are set to wrap up their work in late April and there will surely be interesting debate until then.