The 2013 Legislature set aside $550,000 for interim committees to hire consultants to help them with their studies.
But the committees only spent just under $286,000.
"Over the last three biennia, we've spent probably about half, or maybe even a little less than half, than we budgeted for," said Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks), the chairman of the Legislative Council.
The Human Services Committee spent $44,000 with Schulte Consulting on a behavioral health study. Holmberg says that was one of the more interesting studies in the interim.