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Published February 03, 2013, 02:05 PM

North Dakota Legislature: What to watch this week

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — If the North Dakota Legislature is under way, that means it's time to debate bottle rockets.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — If the North Dakota Legislature is under way, that means it's time to debate bottle rockets.

Legislators this week are expected to debate lifting the ban on selling skyrockets — a topic that's been sparked repeatedly over the years. The last effort was a dud.

Eye doctors helped the Legislature see the need to ban bottle rocket sales two sessions ago, in 2009. The issue was raised again in the 2011 session.

The law still allows people to possess and shoot off bottle rockets.

Fireworks are just one of several issues expected to ignite the Legislature this week. Another proposal to be discussed is a Republican-backed plan to restructure oil taxes in the state.

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