Sen. Judy lee, R-West Fargo, speaks Tuesday in favor of House Bill 1097, a bill to repeal blue laws in North Dakota in the state Capitol in Bismarck. Lee carried the bill that passed by a 25-21 vote and now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum for consideration. Seated at left is Sen. Randall Burckhard, R-Minot, who voted in favor of repealing the blue law.

The North Dakota Senate voted 25-21 on Tuesday to repeal the state's so-called "blue law" that essentially bans Sunday morning retail shopping.

A similar bill narrowly failed in the same chamber in 2017 after passing the House, which voted 56-35 in the 2019 legislative session to repeal the law.

The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum, who is expected to sign it. The repeal would take effect Aug. 1 and would allow businesses to set Sunday morning hours.


Anderson, R-Turtle Lake; Bakke, D-Grand Forks; Bekkedahl, R-Williston; Burckhard, R-Minot; Davison, R-Fargo; Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere; Grabinger, D-Jamestown; Heckaman, D-New Rockford; Hogan, D-Fargo; Holmberg, R-Grand Forks; Kannianen, R-Stanley; Krebsbach, R-Minot; Kreun, R-Grand Forks; Judy Lee, R-West Fargo; Marcellais, D-Belcourt; Meyer, R-Grand Forks; Oban, D-Bismarck; Oehlke, R-Devils Lake; Patten, R-Watford City; Piepkorn, D-Fargo; Poolman, R-Bismarck; Jim Roers, R-Fargo; Kristin Roers, R-Fargo; Sorvaag, R-Fargo; Unruh, R-Beulah


Clemens, R-West Fargo; Cook, R-Mandan; Dever, R-Bismarck; Dwyer, R-Bismarck; Elkin, R-Dickinson; Erbele, R-Lehr; Fors, R-Larimore; Hogue, R-Minot; Klein, R-Fessenden; Larsen, R-Minot; Larson, R-Bismarck; Gary Lee, R-Casselton; Luick, R-Fairmount; Mathern, D-Fargo; Myrdal, R-Edinburg; Robinson, D-Valley City; Rust, R-Tioga; Schaible, R-Mott; Vedaa, R-Velva; Wanzek, R-Jamestown; Wardner, R-Dickinson

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