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Legislative leaders looking at a 'technical corrections' bill, following the state Supreme Court throwing out the OMB bill

Up until now, the Legislature has used the Office of Management and Budget bill as a “catch-all,” where technical corrections could be made to already-passed legislation, as well as ideas rejected earlier in the session could be revisited.

The state Supreme Court found the OMB bill — SB 2015, passed in the 2023 regular session — unconstitutional, for violating the "one subject per bill" clause.

That cause the October special session, where the OMB measure was split into 14 bills — seven appropriations, seven policy.

Now, Legislative leaders are looking at what might happen in future Legislative sessions.

"We go pretty fast during a regular Legislative session," said Senate Majority Leader David Hogue (R-Minot). "And we make mistakes, because we're human."

Hogue said the leaders are looking at how to correct those mistakes, within that Constitutional framework.

"There will have to be a bill, where there will be technical corrections," Hogue said. "I don't know how else you deal with that."

Hogue said calling a special session to correct mistakes lawmakers realize during the regular session isn't ideal.

House Majority Leader Mike Lefor (R-Dickinson) said it this could lead to more “delayed bills," which have to be approved by committee, or by a two-thirds floor vote, to be introduced.

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