Vaccine mandates, critical race theory among targets of North Dakota lawmakers in upcoming special session

The state Legislature is set to meet in Bismarck starting Monday, Nov. 8, for a tightly packed special session with specific emphasis on redrawing legislative districts and allocating federal coronavirus relief funds.
By: | November 2, 2021

Many of the more than two dozen bill drafts submitted by North Dakota lawmakers for consideration in their upcoming special session attempt to restrict vaccination requirements and the teaching of critical race theory in public schools — divisive causes expected to add to the Legislature’s busy workload when it reconvenes next week.

The state Legislature is set to meet in Bismarck starting Monday, Nov. 8, for a tightly packed special session with specific emphasis on redrawing legislative districts and allocating federal coronavirus relief funds.

But 26 mostly unrelated bill drafts filed by lawmakers can still become law if they make it through a Republican-controlled vetting process at the beginning of the session and subsequent floor votes. GOP leadership said they expect one or two proposals on vaccine mandates and critical race theory to move forward.

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