Burgum signs remaining bills from 2019 legislative session

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the remaining 53 bills from the recently adjourned 2019 legislative session, exercising his veto authority on one additional bill.

The Legislature adjourned last Friday, finishing its biennial regular session in 76 days. Burgum had 15 business days to sign bills delivered to the governor’s office within the last three days of session.

Burgum signed a total of 526 bills out of more than 900 bills introduced by the Legislature. The final 53 bills included most appropriations bills, with funding for key priorities such as a K-12 per-pupil funding formula that will top $10,000 per student for the first time, $28 million for a statewide network for unmanned aerial systems to help diversify North Dakota’s economy, and multiple measures to address the state’s workforce shortage.

“This session brought a renewed spirit of collaboration with legislators to fund our priorities, make strategic investments and balance the budget without raising taxes,” Burgum said. “The executive branch looks forward to a successful interim as we carry out the many laws, policies and initiatives passed by the Legislature and signed into law.”

The governor had previously vetoed two bills in their entirety, and today he partially vetoed Senate Bill 2015. A copy of the veto message on Section 19 of Senate Bill 2015 can be viewed here.

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