BISMARCK — The North Dakota Legislature's interim study period started Friday, April 26, with a shakeup in leadership.

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, was elected chairman of Legislative Management, a powerful legislative committee that oversees lawmakers' work between sessions. Grand Forks Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg, the previous chairman, was elected vice chairman.

Democrats had previously been unified in their support for Holmberg over the former Republican House leader, Al Carlson, who lost his reelection bid last year. But House Democrats supported Pollert this time around, giving him the edge.

House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, said before the vote that Pollert "worked with our caucus on a number of things."

"Our members got to have input on a lot of key issues," he said.

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The 17-member committee will decide what issues to study during the interim period before the 2021 session. Lawmakers wrapped their work for the 2019 session Friday night.