Campus police, freedom of speech bills go different directions in ND Legislature
BISMARCK — A pair of North Dakota bills connected to higher education are winding to a close in the ongoing legislative session.
The two proposals — Senate Bill 2193 and House Bill 1329, dealing respectively with campus police departments and freedom of speech — have very different fates, with the former heading to the governor for final signature into law and the latter sent to its defeat by the Legislature.
SB 2193 would expand jurisdiction lines to allow campus police to make arrests and issue tickets in a limited range projected beyond their schools and into their surrounding cities. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and cleared the House last Friday with a 71-21 vote. This week, it's on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum for his signature.
Including the University of North Dakota, the campuses that have their own police units are North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.