North Dakota bill would provide loans to furloughed workers

January 22, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican and Democratic legislative leaders are pushing an emergency bill that would offer no-interest loans to any federal worker in the state who is working and not being paid during the partial government shutdown.

The measure was filed late Monday, just prior to the deadline for lawmakers to file bills.

The legislation would offer the interest-free loans through the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says legislative hearings on the measure should be held this week. He says it should reach Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk in a few days.

Warder estimated there are about 500 federal workers in North Dakota who are affected by the shutdown. He says the bill has no fiscal impact to the state because the money would be paid back.