North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN'-jehm) says his office is considering hiring outside help to defend any lawsuits that arise from the anti-abortion legislation the governor has signed.
Stenehjem initially had told The Associated Press that lawyers from his office would defend any lawsuits. The two-year budget for his office is about $60 million for some 30 attorneys. Stenehjem says the cost of litigation is unknown but his office expects to have an estimated dollar amount that could be presented to lawmakers this week.
He says that he expects lawsuits to be filed in federal court, "but that's not up to us."
Under federal law, whoever loses such litigation generally has to pay the attorneys' fees for the other side.