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.