West Virginia lawmakers will travel to North Dakota Wednesday for a day of meetings on North Dakota's oil and natural gas trust fund.
Senate President Jeff Kessler, who wants to start a similar fund in West Virginia, said the trip would cost about $24,500 for the 21 people attending.
"About what I figured, roughly a thousand apiece," he said.
Nineteen state senators and delegates will attend, plus Steve McElroy, Kessler's senior assistant, and Lynette Maselli, his media specialist.
The gang will stay two nights in North Dakota, holding a day of meetings Thursday before returning home Friday.
According to an agenda prepared by Kessler's office, Kessler will brief North Dakota officials on the state of natural gas development in West Virginia and his plans for a trust fund in the Mountain State.
West Virginia's delegation then will hear from North Dakota legislators, the state's Department of Mineral Resources, its Department of Trust Lands and the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
The discussion will include the history of North Dakota's trust fund, how the money is used, the status of oil and gas development in North Dakota, and the industry's impact on state and local infrastructure, among other topics.
Kessler and crew also will get a tour of the state Senate and House of Representatives chambers, and the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce plans to host a dinner for the visiting lawmakers Thursday evening.
All in all, the day will begin Thursday at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with an hour and a half for lunch and an hour-long tour of the state legislative chambers.
Fourteen lawmakers from around North Dakota have agreed to meet with West Virginia's delegation.
"I think there are an equal number of them out there that are looking forward to meeting us," Kessler said. "They're flattered, I think, they're doing something the rest of the world is taking notice of."
The delegation will not be able to meet with Gov. Jack Dalrymple, however, as he will be out of the state when West Virginia lawmakers arrive.