BISMARCK (AP) - North Dakota's Senate has approved a bill that provides more than $1.1 billion to help oil patch communities and surrounding areas deal with rapid energy development.
The Senate approved the measure 45-2 on Thursday. The House endorsed the measure Wednesday.
The measure provides state funding for such things as road repair and other infrastructure improvements, law enforcement, emergency medical services, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
The funding comes from oil and gas production taxes and is nearly triple the amount oil-impacted communities received in the current two-year budget that ends June 30.