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    3 bills inspired by Dakota Access protests pass ND Senate

    Post  mudra on Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:52 pm

    BISMARCK — Three bills introduced in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests moved a step closer to becoming law Thursday, Feb. 16.

    The North Dakota Senate approved three bills, already approved by House lawmakers and "fast-tracked" for consideration, that relate to penalties for riot offenses, wearing a mask while committing a crime and criminal trespass citations.

    House Bill 1426, which passed Thursday with a 35-10 vote, increases penalties for riot offenses. Crimes such as inciting a riot involving 100 or more people or providing weapons for a riot will increase from a Class C felony to a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

    Engaging in a riot or failing to disperse when ordered by police would increase from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

    About 700 arrests have been made during Dakota Access protests since August, including some individuals who were arrested more than once. The charge of engaging in a riot has been used more than 360 times during the pipeline protests, according to information provided by the Morton County Sheriff's Department.

    Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged support for the bill and emphasized it does not make participating in a protest a crime.

    "I have no doubt that the vast majority of the people at the DAPL protest are peaceful," Armstrong said. "But there is a strong minority and contingent that has not always acted peacefully and our laws have proven to be inadequate down there in regards to felony prosecution."

    Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, argued against the bills, saying they were an overreaction to the protests.

    "Most of the people that have been involved in the activities in Morton County are actually peace-loving people," said Mathern, adding they are trying to get a message across about protecting the environment, their way of life and constitutional rights.

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    Re: 3 bills inspired by Dakota Access protests pass ND Senate

    Post  Carol on Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:31 pm

    This also has to do with all of the "paid" protestors inciting violence and the destruction of property at various demonstrations throughout the US. These people are paid for by G. Soros and trained on how to be domestic terrorists. The three bills introduced in response to Dakota Access Pipeline will help with these other problems. Masked agitators were showing up in Washington state and Berkley throwing trash cans on fire into store windows. With respect to the Dakota pipeline what wasn't reported in the news was how the situation was handled later. In addition when people demonstrate on private or Federal land there needs to be a way to keep innocent people safe from the paid agitators. People showing up to cause harm to others or damage property need to be held accountable on both a financial level and with jail time. How much did it cost the tax payers to clean up all the messes left behind by protesters. Millions just in this past year.

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