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Carel Two-Eagle, of Bismarck, often parks her truck as close to the Capitol as possible due to a limited number of handicapped parking spots near the building.

The North Dakota Senate voted 44-1 on Friday to conduct a study of the accessibility of the state Capitol.

The study in House Bill 1298 would consider handicapped accessible parking and the accessibility of entrances and restrooms. It also would consider adding seating areas on the ground floor and improved signs.

Supporters of the bill said access to the Capitol became more difficult after new security measures were adopted two years ago requiring the public to enter through the south entrance.

“We’ve all likely seen people struggle to get around here,” said Sen. Kristin Roers, R-Fargo.

The bill also received overwhelming support in the House. It now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum for his consideration.

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(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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