BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature has signaled its reluctance to back legislation that would overhaul a state law that makes it a felony for people who have HIV to knowingly transmit the disease.
Under North Dakota law, a person convicted of exposing a partner to HIV without their consent could face up to 20 years in prison.
It’s only an infraction with up to a $1,000 fine for someone who knowingly transmits other sexually transmitted diseases.
Rep. Gretchen Dobervich said current law is inconsistent and outdated.
A 14-member House panel gave the bill filed by Democrats a “do not pass” recommendation.