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Published February 17, 2013, 09:53 AM

North Dakota Legislature: What to watch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans could get a tax credit for making a contribution to a nonprofit organization that operates a homeless shelter in the state under a Senate bill that unanimously passed the Senate last week. It now heads to the House.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans could get a tax credit for making a contribution to a nonprofit organization that operates a homeless shelter in the state under a Senate bill that unanimously passed the Senate last week. It now heads to the House.

It's one of several bills being heard in the Legislature this week.

Michael Carbone, director of the North Dakota Homeless Coalition, says increased donations will help. He told The Associated Press that the state has an immediate need for at least 1,500 beds statewide.

Carbone says people are coming from across the country to North Dakota, drawn by the state's strong oil-fueled economy. He says the housing shortage in western North Dakota's oil patch has swelled throughout the state.

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