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House Appropriations Committee votes to repeal BreatheND

BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers sitting on the House Appropriations Committee gave their blessing to a bill that would repeal the state's tobacco prevention and control agency known as BreatheND Monday, March 13.

Senate Bill 2024 was given a "do pass" recommendation on a 16-4 vote Monday afternoon after an amendment in support of the agency was defeated. It now heads to the full House after passing the Senate last month.

"We are going backwards," said Rep. Jon Nelson, R-Rugby.

The bill repeals the chapter of state law created by an initiated measure passed in 2008 that establishes a tobacco prevention and control program.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, cited the need to find efficiencies in state government during a time of lean budgets and said the state Health Department can carry out some of the same functions.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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