ND Capitol power outage delays Legislature

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A power outage in the North Dakota Capitol has caused the state House and Senate to cancel their Tuesday afternoon floor sessions.

The power went out at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday, interrupting several legislative hearings.

Electricity came back on in the Capitol's main tower in a half-hour.

But the power is still out in the Capitol's judicial wing, where state government's computer servers are located. North Dakota budget director Pam Sharp says the electricity may not be back on until Tuesday night.

Sharp says when the power went out, the Capitol's backup generators didn't kick on right away. When they did, there was a power surge and an electrical transformer near the Capitol's judicial wing was damaged.

The problem has put the Capitol's computer and e-mail systems out of service.