N.D. lawmakers prepare for busy September

BISMARCK–North Dakota lawmakers will have a busy September of committee work as they prepare to head into the 2011 legislative session.

Four committees are scheduled to meet this coming week.

The Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. CT Wednesday in the Roughrider Room in the Capitol.

Topics include a bill draft regarding the regulation of debt settlement services and a presentation by the North Dakota Racing Commission about account wagering in the state.

Lawmakers will also hear about gambling treatment options and statistics.

The Tribal and State Relations Committee meets at 9 a.m. CT Thursday in the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall Room 101, 315 S. Fifth St.

The committee will conduct a joint meeting with the Native American Tribal Citizens’ Task Force and will discuss tribal-state issues, including government-to-government relations, economic development, hate crimes, education, taxation, and oil and gas development.

The Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations meets at 9 a.m. CT Thursday in the Roughrider Room in the Capitol.

The commission will discuss a bill draft related to limiting the payment of medical care costs of an inmate to the federal Medicare payment rates.

The group will also discuss a bill draft relating to the duration and amount of advertisement for public improvement construction bids.

The Information Technology Committee meets at 9 a.m. CT Thursday in the Education Center at SRT Communications in Minot.

Lawmakers will hear presentations about social media, online technologies, Internet protocol television and technology trends in the public sector.

They will also hear the state Information Technology Department’s annual report regarding projects, services, plans and benefits.

Full agendas can be found at www.legis.nd.gov/council/interim/meetings.