Controversial legislative bills are up for discussion in FargoFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Local senators and representatives took the stage today, answering questions from you on our state's heated topics.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Local senators and representatives took the stage today, answering questions from you on our state's heated topics.
From property tax, to stiffer DUI penalties, the topics covered several different house bills.
"Our challenge this session"
Hundreds of bills are in circulation. But some not nearly as controversial as the subject of anti-abortion.
Sen. Tony Grindberg/ (R) North Dakota: "There's a lot of emotions on this issue."
A decision some believe should stay a personal choice.
Sen. Scot Kelsh/ (D) North Dakota: "We don't want to go down that road. Where we are selecting one religion's views over another's."
And Representative Kathy Hogan, agrees it's not a matter for the government to decide but one we the people should.
Rep. Kathy Hogan (D) North Dakota: "I think it's a war on privacy and the ability to make very complex decisions on your own."
Senator George Sinner voted down anti-abortion bills that passed through the house on Friday.
Sen. George Sinner (D) North Dakota: "I think they have no place in the public arena. Our supreme court has guaranteed people's rights."
And Senator Sinner believes it is something citizens should have the option to vote for.
Sen. George Sinner (D) North Dakota: "Should they be on the ballot? Maybe. But, we've had issues like this on the ballot before and they've been substantially voted down."
Now behind these closed doors, a thing that never came up was the possible tax increase on cigarettes a deterrent to get smokers to quit. Yet another bill, put in the hands of legislators, allowing them to decide how to treat your bodies.
Sen. George Sinner (D) North Dakota: "If there is anything we can do to help them, but I don't think it should be at the public's expense."
Second hand smoke is a proven problem. But again, a problem some believe is everyone's to solve.
The North Dakota House has passed a bill that would ban doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.