By John Hageman
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a handful of protest-related bills into law Thursday, Feb. 23, but they didn’t become effective until after the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was cleared by law enforcement.
House Bill 1426 elevates riot offenses and House Bill 1304 makes it a Class A misdemeanor to wear a mask to conceal one’s identity while committing a crime, escaping criminal charges or with the intent to intimidate someone else. House Bill 1293 “expands the scope of criminal trespass activity under state law” and allows officers to issue a citation and $250 fine for trespassing, according to a press release from Burgum’s office.