Burgum signs first bill of 2019 legislative session, removing mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 3:30pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today signed his first bill of the 2019 legislative session, removing mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses.

House Bill 1183 removes the mandatory minimum sentencing requirement for repeat offenses for manufacturing or delivering controlled substances, or possession with intent to manufacturer or deliver. The bill does not change the class of conviction (such as Class B or Class C felony).

Burgum signed the bill at 2:42 p.m. Wednesday. Its effective date is Aug. 1, 2019. The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 81-9 and the Senate passed it 44-1.

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Tom Kading, R-Fargo, and co-sponsored by Rep. Jake Blum, R-Grand Forks, Rep. Lisa Meier, R-Bismarck, Rep. Mary Schneider, D-Fargo, Rep. Steve Vetter, R-Grand Forks, Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, and Sen. Diane Larson, R-Bismarck.