North Dakota lawmakers to hear governor’s budget, decide Legislature mask mandate

New state lawmakers take office this week during the Legislature’s organizational session, during which the governor will lay out his budget plans and lawmakers will decide on a legislative mask mandate.


Among those swearing in will be a longtime, powerful state representative whom Gov. Doug Burgum sought to keep from another term.


Business during the three-day session that begins Tuesday will set the framework for the 2021 Legislature, which convenes Jan. 5 for up to 80 days. The 2019 Legislature used 76 days and passed a record $14.7 billion overall budget, including federal money.