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Published May 03, 2013, 05:10 PM

Longest session in history for North Dakota's Legislature

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota's Legislature has marked its longest session in modern state history.

Today 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.

The session's last day is commonly called Sine Die, which means adjourning without setting another meeting.

Representative Marie Strinden-(D) Grand Forks: "I think the biggest message when I go home is that there's a lot of work that still needs to be done. I don't think people's needs for property tax cuts have been met, there's still a huge childcare crisis in North Dakota."

Representative Dan Ruby- (R) Minot: "If it takes us 80 days to do something right then we'll use the days. I feel much better doing that than leaving early and not being happy with some of the final bills we are working on."

The legislature started this morning at 8, and since each legislative day is considered 24 hours, they can go as late as 8 a.m. tomorrow.

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