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Published January 25, 2013, 09:08 AM

North Dakota bill would set up outdoor heritage fund

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill in the North Dakota Legislature that would use oil and gas tax revenue to establish a state outdoor heritage fund mimics a measure that failed to make it onto last fall's election ballot.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill in the North Dakota Legislature that would use oil and gas tax revenue to establish a state outdoor heritage fund mimics a measure that failed to make it onto last fall's election ballot.

House Bill 1278 would set aside 4 percent of the state's oil and gas production tax revenue to fund conservation projects such as providing access to private and public lands, restoring wildlife habitat and conserving natural areas for recreation. The fund would be capped at $15 million annually.

A 12-member board under the state Industrial Commission would oversee the fund, and the commission would have the final say on projects.

A proposed constitutional amendment last year that had a similar goal was derailed by petition fraud that involved faked signatures.

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