A compromise bill was put together during the first part of the North Dakota legislative session to adjust zoning regulations for animal agriculture projects. House Agriculture Committee Chair Paul Thomas explained House Bill 1423. “Our current state law of zoning by miles compares to our surrounding states that zone in feet,” said Thomas. “We’re bringing our state closer to an environment that wants to encourage animal agriculture, but we certainly are not taking away any unreasonable rights of residents that live in the country that don’t want a larger animal operation close to their place.” This bill passed the House with a 76-17 vote and will now go onto the Senate.
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