Thursday, Governor Burgum signed four bills into law stemming from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The bills are designed to protect landowner rights, deter criminal activity and expand the ability to appoint outside law enforcement officers to assist North Dakota agencies.
The bills all have emergency clauses that make them effective immediately. Governor Burgum signed them all into law around 3 p.m. Thursday.
- House Bill 1293: Expands the scope of criminal trespass activity under state law and allows officers to issue a $250 fine for trespassing; as opposed to filing criminal charges.
- House Bill 1304: Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to wear a mask, hood or other device that conceals their face when committing a crime.
- House Bill 1426: Increases the penalty for riot offenses. Bill allows prosecutors to charge people involved in riots with 100 or less people with a Class C felony.
- Senate Bill 2302: Bill to expand the Attorney General’s authority to appoint ad hoc special agents, such as out-of-state peace officers who come to North Dakota in response to requests for assistance.