North Dakota State University is continuing to lease an airplane from the NDSU Development Foundation, a practice scrutinized by state lawmakers in 2011.
NDSU has leased the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air B200 since July 2007 for quarterly payments of about $80,000, for a total cost that runs into the millions of dollars. State lawmakers have questioned the spending.
Rep. Jeff Delzer of Underwood tells The Forum (http://bit.ly/VMBrCG) that a bill this session that aims to establish a centralized system of state-owned planes overseen by the Transportation Department would not include the NDSU plane because lawmakers were told it was for sale.
NDSU spokeswoman Laura McDaniel says a prospective buyer backed out.
Delzer says lawmakers might look at new policies to end the practice if the plane isn't sold soon.