House passes bill cutting school names from N.D. constitution

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House has passed a resolution that would remove the names of universities and colleges from the state constitution.

Representatives approved the resolution 56-32 on Tuesday.

GOP Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck sponsored the resolution, which now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Opponents have long argued that removing universities and colleges from the state constitution is a thinly veiled attempt to close some of them.

The Legislature passed a similar resolution in 1997, but state voters the following year resoundingly defeated it, with two-thirds of voters rejecting it.

Another attempted resolution failed to make it out of the Legislature in 2013.

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