- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Senate has killed a bill that would have barred the state’s energy regulators from promoting oil development.

The legislation was defeated 32-15 on Friday.

North Dakota law says the state regulators also are charged with encouraging oil development in the state.

Grand Forks Democratic Sen. Connie Triplett sponsored the measure that would separate the roles and shift promotion to the state Department of Commerce. She says the current law has the appearance of a conflict of interest.

North Dakota regulators say 16 states and one Canadian province have similar language written into their laws. North Dakota adopted the law in 1953, when oil was first discovered in the state.

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