North Dakota Bill Aimed at Pipeline Protesters Fails

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation aimed squarely at protesters who blocked roads in North Dakota during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations has failed in the state House.

The bill said a driver who “unintentionally” caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged.

The legislation’s primary sponsor, Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich, told The Washington Post recently the idea came from an interaction his mother-in-law had with protesters. Kempenich says she found herself swarmed by protesters who jumped in front of her car while driving on Highway 1806. The bill failed on a 50-41 vote Monday.

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