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Published April 07, 2013, 09:10 AM

North Dakota Legislature: Oil taxes, abortion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Conference committees will be hard at work reconciling differing versions of bills in the waning weeks of the North Dakota Legislature.

By: JAMES MacPHERSON,Associated Press , Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Conference committees will be hard at work reconciling differing versions of bills in the waning weeks of the North Dakota Legislature.

The 2013 legislative session will hit its 62nd day Monday. The state Constitution limits the Legislature to 80 days of meetings every two years.

Still ahead are big topics, including oil taxes, a tribal agreement and an unsigned abortion bill.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has already signed three anti-abortion bills into law that would make the state most restrictive in the nation to get the procedure. A pending bill would also outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point.

The Republican governor has hinted he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

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