BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature has endorsed a bill to spend $5 million to build a new home for the state’s first family.
The House approved the bill 69-22 on Thursday. Senators had endorsed the measure 28-19 on Wednesday.
The measure stipulates that $1 million of the cost be raised from private sources.
Lawmakers have been attempting to replace the current dwelling for years. They say it is has security issues, is not handicap-accessible, and likely contains lead paint, mold and asbestos.
Attempts to build a new governor’s residence failed in the two prior legislative sessions.
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