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Bonding bill still pending in the ND Legislature

Apr 9, 2019

A proposal to bond for some buildings remains alive in the North Dakota Legislature.

It’s Senate Bill 2297. And it’s still pending in the House.

"They're buildings that we're going to build," said the sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson). "At some point, we're going to have to do it."

The bill has just under $152 million for buildings. One of them is Dunbar Hall at NDSU, for $51.2 million.

"That is a dangerous facility," Wardner said. "If something happened -- if there was an explosion there -- and somebody was killed, we would pay dearly for that."

Wardner said if the building is delayed, the costs go up.

Another project is an agricultural products development center at NDSU.

"That is not for NDSU," Wardner said. "It's for marketing North Dakota products to the world."

And there would be $32 million for a new communications and fine arts building at Valley City State. Wardner said it would replace a building that is on the wrong side of a dike.

"If it doesn't flood this spring, it'll flood shortly, in another spring," Wardner said.

There are two other projects included – one for the Northern Crops Institute, and the Pulver Hall project at Dickinson State.