BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature took the entire 80 days allowed by law to spend a record amount of cash from the state's oil-fueled coffers.
Lawmakers also passed more than 475 bills that did everything from strengthen North Dakota's drunken driving laws to allowing North Dakotans with concealed weapon permits to pack heat in church. But nothing the Legislature did in 2013 attracted as much attention outside the Capitol as anti-abortion measures that give the state the toughest restrictions in the nation.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple hailed the session as historic, with record funding for education and infrastructure.
Democrats accused GOP colleagues of lack of leadership and say the session was marred by the abortion bills that are sure to draw a legal challenge from abortion-rights activists.