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Sen. Diane Larson, R-Bismarck, speaks in favor of House Bill 1039, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility from age 7 to 10.

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. 

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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