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SB 2044 - Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting - North Dakota Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (43-4) -

Title: Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (76-14) - (Key vote)
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Title: Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases penalties for pipeline protesting

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from damaging, destroying, vandalizing, defacing, or tampering with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility (Sec. 1).

  • Prohibits an individual from interfering, inhibiting, impeding, or preventing, the construction or repair of a critical infrastructure facility (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that individuals that intentionally violate this act will be guilty of a class C felony and individuals that knowingly or recklessly violate of a class A felony (Sec. 1).

  • Requires an organization that has pled guilty or been convicted of a violation for conspiring with an individual who has been convicted or pled guilty to the above mentioned violations to pay a fine not to exceed $100,000 (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “critical infrastructure facility” as the following, including (Sec. 1):

    • A natural gas transmission or distribution utility facility, including a pipeline interconnection, a city gate or town border station, below or aboveground piping, and a natural gas storage facility;

    • A crude oil or refined product storage and distribution facility, including a valve site, pipeline interconnection, pump station, metering station, below or above ground pipeline or piping, and a truck loading or off loading facility;

    • Any below or above ground portion of an oil, gas, hazardous liquid, or chemical pipeline, tank, railroad facility, other storage facility or an oil and gas production site;

    • A petroleum, or alumina refinery, or dam regulated by the state or federal government;

    • An electrical power generating facility or associated equipment infrastructure;

    • A natural gas compressor station or liquid natural gas terminal storage facility;

    • A drinking water source, water transmission line, water treatment plant, water distribution system, wastewater treatment plant, or wastewater collection system;

    • Wireless or wireline telecommunications infrastructure, including fiber optic lines, cable lines, broadband lines, cell tower, or telephone pole or line;

    • A port, railroad switching yard, railroad track, trucking terminal, or other freight transportation facility;

    • A gas processing plant, including a plant used in the processing, treatment, or fractionation of natural gas or a natural gas liquid;

    • A transmission facility used by a federally licensed radio or television station;

    • A steel-making facility using an electric arc furnace to make steel; or

    • A facility identified and regulated by the US Department of Homeland Security chemical facility anti-terrorism standards program.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (42-3) -

Title: Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting

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