Bill waiving burial fees for military spouses approved


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed legislation that would waive burial fees for a veteran’s spouse and dependents at the state Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan.

The House passed the legislation Wednesday that sets aside $175,000 in the next two-year budget cycle to fund the burials. The legislation would become effective in March 2020.

Belcourt Democratic Sen. Richard Marcellais pushed the legislation that waives the $550 fee for spouses and dependents. Veterans may be buried there at no cost.

That original bill was killed by the House but was reconsidered and passed 69-21.

The Senate gave unanimous support to the bill in February.

The measure now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum.

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