BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Lawmakers gathered for North Dakota's 63rd legislative session are expected to weigh a bill that would exempt oil drillers from paying an extraction tax if the crude is processed at a state refinery.
The issue is one of many facing legislators this week, who gathered in Bismarck last week to kick off the months-long session. Oil issues will dominate the session.
The House Taxation and Finance Committee is considering a bill to exempt drillers from paying the 6.5 percent extraction fee in hopes of promoting the construction of new refineries in the state. The state has just one oil refinery now, the Tesoro Corp. plant near Mandan. A refinery hasn't been built in the U.S. since the 1970s.
Lawmakers also could weigh soon whether to increase hunting fees.