The North Dakota Senate passed an amended bill Tuesday beefing up DUI penalties and a resolution for voters to decide additional legislative oversight of initiated measures.
Over in the House, lawmakers passed a pair of smoking bills, and shot down a measure that would have regulated the intrastate use of thorium.
Highlights among the legislation taken up in each chamber Tuesday included:
- Senate Bill 2240: An amendment to this bill passed the Senate Tuesday. The amendment increases the penalties for driving under the influence and outlines requirements for participation in the state’s 24/7 Sobriety Program. The amendment also calls for consideration of an interim study on administering the DUI program. It also would appropriate $1.2 million for the purchase of remote alcohol monitors for the 24/7 Sobriety Program.
- Senate Concurrent Resolution 4006: This would have voters decide in a 2014 primary election whether or not they would allow for some legislative review of initiated measures. SCR4006 would allow legislators to review a passed ballot measure during the next legislative session if the fiscal impact is more than $50 million. A 40 percent vote of each chamber would be required for the measure to be enacted. SCR4006 passed by a 28-19 vote. Sponsors of SCR4006 are Sens. David Hogue, R-Minot, Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, and Reps. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, Larry Bellew, R-Minot, Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, and Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck.
- House Bill 1292: This bill relates to smoking in public places, signage for the public smoking ban and what responsibilities the owners have to direct someone to stop smoking if in violation of the state ban. HB1292 passed by a 72-22 vote. Sponsors of HB1292 are Reps. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks, and Sens. Jerry Klein, R-Fessenden, Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, and George Sinner, D-Fargo.
- House Bill 1253: Would allow owners of public places of business to attain signage to comply with public smoking ban and request compensation for costs of compliance. HB1253 passed by a 68-26 vote. Sponsors of HB1253 are Reps. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, Mark Dosch, R-Bismarck, Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, Lisa Meier, R-Bismarck, Mark Owens, R-Grand Forks, Dan Ruby, R-Minot, Miek Schatz, R-New England, Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, and Sens. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, and Bill Bowman, R-Bowman.
- House Bill 1190: This bill would have regulated the in-state use of thorium. HB1190 failed by a 65-28 vote.