Burgum being asked to chair interim Tribal-State relations committee

Jun 1, 2017

Gov. Doug Burgum.
Credit Prairie Public file

Gov. Doug Burgum (R) will be asked to chair a special Tribal-State relations interim committee.

That committee will be especially looking at taxation issues between the state and the Tribal governments. That panel will be made up of the House and Senate leadership, representatives of the two Taxation committees, the Tax Commissioner, the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) made the motion in the Legislative Management Committee to ask the Governor to chair it.

"When we're working with Tribal governments, I think it's important we have our top government officials chairing the committee," Wardner said. "We're dealing government-to-government."

Wardner said the committee plans to meet with each individual tribal government. He said there are a number of taxation issues to resolve.

"I think that's what's been missing in our relationship with the Tribal governments over the years," Wardner said. "Hopefully, we're going to get something done."