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56th Interim Information (1999-2000)

Interim Information (1999-00)
Session 2001

Following each legislative session, the newly appointed Legislative Management meets to determine upcoming interim studies and committee memberships. Each legislator serves on one or more interim committees in the two-year period between legislative sessions. Several interim committees, such as the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Administrative Rules, Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration, Budget Section, Employee Benefits Programs, Energy Development and Transmission, Higher Education, Information Technology, Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review, Legislative Ethics, Tribal and State Relations, Water-Related Topics Overview, and Workers' Compensation Review, function under statutory authority. Other interim committees are named and assigned by the Legislative Management members. Between sessions, interim committees hold hearings, take testimony, and review information provided by the Legislative Council, state agencies, and interested parties as they consider alternative approaches to issues raised by studies. As the need arises, the Legislative Management chairman can assign additional studies during the interim.  Occasionally, it is necessary for the Legislative Management to contract with universities, consulting firms, or outside professionals on specialized studies and projects. However, the vast majority of studies are handled entirely by the Legislative Council staff.

In November of each even-numbered year, interim committees submit a final committee report to the Legislative Management.  The Legislative Management considers the results of all committee work and may accept, reject, or amend committee reports. The Legislative Management then presents its recommendations, together with bills and resolutions necessary for implementation, to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Management is, in a sense, the Legislative Assembly working between sessions.

This page provides links to a variety of information relating to studies and activities during the legislative interim. Information with respect to the current interim changes as committees hold meetings, conduct their studies, and perform other duties and responsibilities.  This information will not change once studies are completed, final Legislative Management reports are published, and the succeeding Legislative Assembly has acted on the Legislative Management recommendations.