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Dalrymple wants more law enforcement, regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants lawmakers to approve new employees for law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He says most of the jobs are needed because of the expansion of North Dakota’s oil production. Dalrymple on Wednesday presented the Legislature with a $15.7 billion proposed budget for state government over the next two years.

Dalrymple is asking for $90.5 million for state and local law enforcement agencies, including 19 new positions at the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and four new Highway Patrol troopers. North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources would get 22 new jobs, including petroleum engineers and inspectors.

The Health Department would get 19 more staffers to check for environmental violations. And the state Public Service Commission would get eight new employees to monitor pipelines and railroads carrying crude oil.

In related news, Governor Jack Dalrymple’s budget hopes to help oil patch growing pains.

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