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Time change bill defeated

A bill to change the time in North Dakota has run out of time.

The House rejected HB 1371. It would have put the entire state on year-round Daylight Saving Time. It would be dependent on Congress okaying it, and if Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota did the same.

The bill’s main sponsor – Rep. Bill Devlin (R-Finley)  – didn’t like the amended version.

"I never expected a leader like the state of North Dakota would have to wait for three other states to do something before we could do it," Devlin said on the House floor.

But Rep. Jeff Magrum (R-Hazelton) said now’s the time to make the change.

"This looks like a good option," Magrum said. "At least it's better than nothing."

Magrum said if the North Dakota Legislature approves it, other states will see that, and they will support the change.

The vote was 56 to 36 to kill the measure. The South Dakota Legislature was considering a similar measure – but it ran out of time.

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