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Published May 03, 2013, 12:45 PM

Eighty day North Dakota Legislature marks record

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history.

Friday is Day 80. That eclipses the 2009 session when lawmakers met for 79 days.

Lawmakers are mulling last-minute measures before the state constitution's 80-day limit is imposed. Under state law, a Legislative day runs from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m., which means the session could run through Saturday morning.

The state Office of Management and Budget bill serves as the Legislature's last-minute catchall, into which all manner of proposals are dumped. The bill had some 26 proposed amendments at noon Friday.

Lawmakers call the OMB bill the "Christmas Tree," and it's typically the last bill of the session approved.

The session's last day is commonly called Sine Die (SYN'-ee DY'-ee), which means adjourning without setting another meeting.

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