Gov. Burgum signs first bill of legislative session

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed his first bill of the legislative session.

The first-term Republican governor on Wednesday signed the bipartisan legislation that removes mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes.

The bill allows judges to depart from the mandatory sentence guidelines and decide their own punishment.

There were more than 900 bills introduced in the legislative session that began in January.

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