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2015 North Dakota Legislature to get under way Tuesday; first week is dominated by speeches


BISMARCK, North Dakota — The North Dakota Legislature is slated to begin Tuesday.

The 2015 session is expected to last until May. The North Dakota Constitution limits the Legislature to 80 days of meetings every two years.

Speeches dominate the first week of the Legislature, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple scheduled to deliver his State of the State address early Tuesday afternoon.

The Republican governor is set to talk about the challenges facing North Dakota as the state continues to experience unprecedented population growth sparked by the oil boom.

On Wednesday, Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle (VAN'-duh-wall) briefs lawmakers about issues affecting North Dakota's judicial system.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault on Thursday is slated to give a speech about the relationship between North Dakota's American Indian tribal governments and the state government.

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