North Dakota Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, said about 14 of his fellow lawmakers -- Republicans and Democrats -- will host the West Virginia delegation.
"I do know West Virginia has a lot of energy development going on, and I think they want to see what we did right and what we did wrong and how we got the Legacy Fund set up," Cook said. "We're going to try to answer all of their questions."
The visiting lawmakers also are slated to get updates from North Dakota regulators and industry officials on the state's energy production and its impacts. A delegation of California lawmakers also visited North Dakota earlier this month to learn about the state's oil and gas tax savings account and for a status on the state's energy industry, Cook said.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who will be out of town of Thursday, said he welcomes a look at North Dakota's energy industry and how the money is handled in the state that boasts a nearly $2 billion surplus, even after doubling the size of its budget over the past decade.
Dalrymple said all states should strive to build a savings account.
"Whether you have a large surplus or not, I think it's good public policy to try to set aside funds for the future," Dalrymple said.
Kessler said sending the West Virginia lawmakers, along with a few staff members, will cost the state about $24,500.
Other than Kessler, legislators going on the trip are Sens. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia; Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio; Daniel Hall, D-Wyoming; Bill Laird, D-Fayette; Ron Miller, D-Greenbrier; Robert Plymale, D-Wayne; Dave Sypolt, R-Preston; Gregory Tucker, D-Nicholas; and Bob Williams, D-Taylor; and Delegates Jason Barrett, D-Berkeley; Phillip Diserio, D-Brooke; Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha; Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur; Richard Iaquinta, D-Harrison; Mike Manypenny, D-Taylor; Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha; Ron Walters, R-Kanawha; and Adam Young, D-Nicholas, according to state Senate spokeswoman Lynette Maselli.
Nonlegislative members going are Kenny Perdue of the West Virginia AFL-CIO; Steve Scholotterbeck, Joe Dawley and Greg Hoyer of EQT Production; Bob Orndorff of Dominion Energy; Corky DeMarco of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association; Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy; and Rick Wilson of the West Virginia Economic Justice Project. All nonlegislative participants are paying their own way, according to Maselli.