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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, snow falls on the North Dakota governor’s residence in Bismarck, N.D. The North Dakota Legislature approved a bill Thursday, April 23, 2015, to spend $5 million to build a new home for the state's first family. 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. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

North Dakota Legislature OKs new home for governor

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.

In related news, ND wants to use oil money to build new digs for governor.

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8 comments

  1. It is about time they replace this house with a much nicer one. Certainly the state has plenty of oil money to pay for a beautiful Governors Mansion for North Dakota.

  2. They could find one that is for sale for a hell of a lot less than $5 million. I personally think this is a bunch of BS.

  3. Lol find it funny everyone complaining about oil money till they need it.

  4. I think they could spend the money a lot wiser than they are!!! Come on people what happens when the oil is gone??

  5. And why can’t the G buy his own house?

  6. The governors residence is really an eye sore .. I think ND deserves something a little updated. Sometimes I feel bad that the next governor HAS to actually live there. 🙁

  7. gary i know you have driven the roads in the oil counties and have seen the repairs that are needed to our roads, and the money for the schools and counties. do you really think a new shack for our governor should come first, before getting more infrastructure taken care. all the while the state is complaining they are not going to have enough money.