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Published May 01, 2012, 09:36 AM

Religion and taxes: Lawmakers eye ND measures

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers say a proposal to abolish property taxes will have a big impact on the state's finances.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers say a proposal to abolish property taxes will have a big impact on the state's finances.

The Legislature's Legislative Management Committee says local governments will lose $812 million in property tax revenue annually.

The committee is examining the budget impact of proposals on the June primary ballot.

One proposal would abolish property taxes.

Fargo House Republican majority leader Al Carlson is chairman of the committee. He says Tuesday the Legislature will have to make up the property tax losses.

North Dakota House Speaker David Drovdal says the property tax proposal is vague and the Legislature will have to define what it means.

Another ballot measure would make it more difficult for the government to regulate religious practices. The state budget director says it wouldn't affect state revenues.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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