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ND Senate OKs study of new governor's residence after stripping funding

BISMARCK - Senate lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to study options for a new governor's residence, after funding to demolish and rebuild the home was stripped from the bill.

BISMARCK – Senate lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to study options for a new governor’s residence, after funding to demolish and rebuild the home was stripped from the bill.

Senate Bill 2304 originally contained $5 million to raze and rebuild the ranch-style home. The money was removed through an amendment by the bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, who said she didn’t want the concept to die as lawmakers look to cull capital projects because of lower forecasted state revenues.

Completed in 1960, the home has been home to eight governors and their families. A major renovation was completed in 2000. A previous study found the residence needs $2.8 million in renovations.

The amended bill requires a Legislative Management study of the options for constructing a new governor’s residence, including demolishing and rebuilding on the same site at 1131 N. 4th St., in the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. The results would be reported to the 2017 Legislature.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

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