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Senate approves Sunday alcohol bill, kills tuition bill

George Sinner

Sen. George Sinner, D-Fargo, added an amendment to forgo the off-sale provision to HB1434, a bill that would allow earlier alcohol sales on Sundays. The bill passed by a reconsideration vote of 27-18. The bill failed the day before and was amended and passed on Friday.

Members of the North Dakota Senate on Friday reconsidered its action the previous day in which they killed a bill for changing the time for alcohol sales on Sundays.

The Senate brought House Bill 1434 up for reconsideration Friday and passed an amended version by a 27-18 vote.

The bill moves the time for alcohol sales and consumption on Sundays from noon to 11 a.m. An amendment was passed to specify that the change does not apply to off-sale alcohol purchases.

Bills can be reconsidered within 24 hours by either an absent lawmaker or someone who voted on the prevailing side. The bill failed Thursday by a 23-22 vote, failing to reach the 24-vote threshold needed for passage.

Proponents of the bill had argued it would allow cities bordering other states to be competitive for lunchtime business on Sundays. Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants begin at 10 a.m. in Minnesota, 9 a.m. in Manitoba, 8 a.m. in Montana and 7 a.m. in South Dakota.

Tuition bill

The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly rejected a bill Friday that would have put the setting of college tuition rates in legislative hands.

By a 6-39 vote, the Senate torpedoed House Bill 1303 Friday. HB1303, would have changed North Dakota Century Code to allow the legislative assembly to set tuition and fees at colleges and universities.

Opponents of the bill called it a flawed approach to reining in the cost of tuition and reducing overall student loan debt.

(Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or 701-223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.)

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