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ND lawmakers reach deal that lets benefits bill move forward

A panel of legislative leaders resolved a dispute Monday that was holding up a more than $14 million appropriations bill for the state's public employee retirement system, agreeing to add one lawmaker from each party to board that oversees the benefits. The agreement, which six House and Senate leaders reached after more than three hours of talks, means the Legislature may reconvene on June 16 to consider the bill that sets aside money for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System and state Retirement and Investment Office. Some lawmakers had criticized the seven-member North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System board for a lack of transparency when it awarded a...

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