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ND Dems want special session to address oil impact

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some Democratic lawmakers want Gov. Jack Dalrymple to call a special session of the Legislature to address problems tied to western North Dakota's oil boom.

The lawmakers contended in a letter to Dalrymple on Monday that development problems can't wait for the start of the 2015 Legislature in January.

The letter was signed by Senate Democratic Minority Leader Mac Schneider, House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad, and Sen. John Warner.

The three legislators say current funding levels aren't keeping pace with development in the region.

North Dakota's newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads, schools, public works, law enforcement and emergency medical services. The state's current two-year budget including federal aid is $14 billion, or about $10 billion more than a decade ago.

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