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The North Dakota state Capitol in Bismarck is offset by flowers in full bloom in June 2018.

Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday signed a bill to create a "children's cabinet" and six-year commission on juvenile justice.

Senate Bill 2313 creates a children's cabinet comprising members that include the governor, chief justice, state superintendent, legislators, tribal representatives and parents. The cabinet will work to address subjects such as education, health, child welfare and juvenile justice.

The commission on juvenile justice, which expires in 2025, comprises 16 members that include the governor, lawmakers, state superintendent and juvenile court services, among others. 

The commission will gather and review information related to child welfare, such as education, abuse and neglect, as well as recommend resources and services for children, with annual reporting on findings. 

The commission will report to the cabinet.

House Speaker Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, brought a resolution to study the juvenile justice process that both chambers have adopted.

He has said he'll wait to see how Legislative Management may undertake the study and how it may coordinate with the new cabinet and commission, effective Aug. 1.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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