The North Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
House Bill 1039 would raise the age of culpability in North Dakota from 7 to 10. The bill is one of the first to pass both chambers of the Legislature in the 2019 session.
The interim Justice Reinvestment Committee brought the bill. Sen. Diane Larson, R-Bismarck, carried the bill and said the committee considered juvenile brain development and research into effective juvenile justice practices in raising the age of culpability.
The bill passed 45-0 on Wednesday and goes to Gov. Doug Burgum.