ND legislative district cost: $1.2M for 10 yearsAnalysts say that adding new districts to the North Dakota Legislature would cost at least $1.2 million for each new district over 10 years.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Analysts say that adding new districts to the North Dakota Legislature would cost at least $1.2 million for each new district over 10 years.
A legislative committee is drafting proposals for new boundaries for North Dakota's legislative districts. Now, there are 47 districts and 141 lawmakers. Each district has one senator and two House members.
The committee's final plan could keep the 47 districts, or it could add or subtract districts.
Rural lawmakers say adding members of the Legislature may help keep districts in North Dakota's countryside from getting too large. House Democratic leader Jerry Kelsh says it would give North Dakotans more access to the Legislature.
Grand Forks Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg is the committee's chairman. He says some North Dakotans may think adding districts will promote government growth.