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Interim committee chair prefers 'no' committee bills introduced in 2021

Aug 14, 2019

Normally, interim legislative committees will come up with bills for the upcoming Legislative session, based on the studies assigned.

But the chairman of the interim Commerce Committee has a different idea.

"I would prefer, as the chair, to not have an interim committee bill introduced," said Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot), the chairman of the interim Commerce Committee.

Instead, Louser prefers bills to be introduced by individual legislators.

Louser had a bill during the 2019 session that would have prohibited interim committees from introducing measures.

"Legislators tend to forget, in the interim process, what was studied a year earlier," Louser said. "Certainly it's difficult to remember not just the members of this interim committee, but once you get to crossover, it's difficult to remember who served on what interim committee when you're looking at 400-500 bills."

But Louser said if the committee decides to have a committee bill, he will go along.