ND Senate GOP leader returns to Capitol

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate's Republican majority leader has returned from a 10-day trip to India.

Bismarck Sen. Bob Stenehjem says it was an economic development trip sponsored by a group that promotes business ties between the United States and India.

Stenehjem says he served as a representative of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. Stenehjem is vice chairman of the foundation's board of directors.

He missed six days of the Legislature, and he'll be paid his regular $158 daily wage for the days he was away. Stenehjem says he can justify being paid because he was away on state business.

Stenehjem says the contacts he made could be helpful to job creation efforts.

Senate Democratic leader Ryan Taylor says Stenehjem should have told other senators where he was going.