- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s House has changed its mind about killing a bill that repeals the state’s longstanding Sunday business restrictions.

The bipartisan measure aimed at lifting the state’s so-called blue laws was narrowly defeated 50-44 on Monday. Lawmakers looked at it again Tuesday and it passed 48-46.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says about a dozen states have some form of Sunday sales laws. Only North Dakota prohibits shopping on Sunday morning.

North Dakota residents can order alcohol at a restaurant or bar late Sunday morning but must wait until afternoon to go shopping because of the ban that’s rooted in religious tradition.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Pamela Anderson of Fargo, says reconsidering the idea was the “right thing to do.”

The measure shifts to the Senate for consideration.



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