North Dakota is the last state in the nation with blue laws, preventing some stores from opening before noon on Sundays.
Although repealing the law has been discussed in multiple legislative sessions, it’s never had enough support to pass.
The bill passed on the House floor a few weeks ago. Now, it’s in the Senate Political Subdivisions committee, with passionate testimony on both sides.
Rep. Jeff Hoverson, R-Minot, says the law is focusing on making more money, something that he thinks has been bad for the state in the past 15 years.
“It brought drug dealing, crime went up, human trafficking all of a sudden we’re talking about, we never used to talk about human trafficking, it was a low crime state, why?” Hoverson said. “Because we had a moral society because the government was small because it depended on the church.”