- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum won his first veto fight of the session with the North Dakota Legislature, after the GOP-led House sustained his veto of a bill that would have raised driver’s license fees for the first time in more than 30 years.

Only 44 of the 94 House members voted Tuesday to override the first-term governor, well short of the two-thirds necessary. The vote came after the GOP-led Senate voted 41-4 to override Burgum last week.

The House and Senate easily passed the legislation that raises commercial and non-commercial driver’s license fees from $15 to $30.

Burgum says the increase in fees “imposes an unnecessary additional burden on our residents.”

Burgum vetoed parts or all of 13 bills last session. Attempts to override four of the vetoes failed.

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