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Video: Senate Votes Down Blue Laws Repeal Amid Bizarre Rant About Atheists [message #2016] Wed, 15 March 2017 17:26
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After the House passed a repeal of North Dakota's blue laws the prohibition on some types of retail sales on Sunday mornings I expected smooth sailing in the state Senate. The Senate, after all, is typically perceived as being at least somewhat less socially conservative than the House.

Boy was I wrong.

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"Man was not made for the Sabbath, rather the Sabbath was made for man," Senator Robert Eberle (R-Lehr) told the floor in remarks attributed to Jesus. He went on to call the desire for Sunday sales "selfish consumerism."

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I'm told that there may be an effort to reconsider the bill on the Senate floor. That's what happened in the House earlier this session when the bill initially failed there. How successful that effort will be I don't know, but I've already spoken to one supporter of the legislation who is promising to put the issue on the statewide ballot if the bill dies in the Senate.
https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-senate-votes-blu e-laws-repeal-amid-bizarre-rant-atheists/

WOAH! That last statement!

Audio: Fargo Businessman Says He'll Put North Dakota Blue Laws Repeal on the Statewide Ballot
"What's next is the thing we didn't want to do," Medenwald told me. "Now that 1163 is dead we'll take it to the ballot."

He said he expects a lot of support for the initiated measure from people who testified in favor of HB1163 in Bismarck, including the state's Chambers of Commerce as well as malls located in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Minot.

"I don't believe this is a religious issue," Medenwald told me, despite some lawmakers opposing the issue on religious grounds. He said the religious argument is likely a "non-sell" with voters.

But I wouldn't be so sure that an initiated measure like this could pass, even though I support the policy change. Opposition to Sunday openings isn't just from the religious ground. There has been a growing movement on behalf of workers, pushed often by left wing interests such as labor unions, against the "Black Friday" shopping phenomena. I could see that same sort of sentiment manifest on behalf of workers who don't want to go in on Sunday mornings either.
https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-fargo-businessma n-says-hell-put-north-dakota-blue-laws-repeal-statewide-ball ot/


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