The no trespass bill has passed out of the North Dakota Senate. North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson says the bill will protect private property rights. The bill handles criminal trespass and hunting separately. “If the bill is enacted as it currently stands for criminal trespass, all land would be considered closed without permission. That’s a reform,” says Ellingson. “The bill causes a phase-in approach on the hunting side. A publicly available electronic land-owner database will be developed. That’s where landowners can electronically post their land.”
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