Breaking news this afternoon from Forum Communications multimedia correspondent Teri Finneman – the North Dakota Senate has voted 28-15 to pass a bill that prohibits UND and the State Board of Higher Education from retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname
But keep in mind this bill will still need to be signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who released a statement shortly after the Senate’s vote saying that he intends to sign House Bill 1263. “A large number of people in North Dakota feel that the question of the logo still needs to be brought to a final conclusion,” he said in a statement. “They would like the matter to move forward to a definitive determination of whether the logo must go.”
Check the Herald’s website later this afternoon for more details on the vote and what comes next, but here’s the basics for now:
BISMARCK–The North Dakota Senate has passed the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo bill after about half an hour of debate.
The vote was 28-15 with four senators absent. A bill needs 24 votes to pass in the Senate.
House Bill 1263 states University of North Dakota athletic teams shall be known as the Fighting Sioux. Neither UND nor the state Board of Higher Education may take action to discontinue the use of the nickname or logo.
It requires the attorney general to consider filing a federal antitrust claim against the NCAA if the association takes any action to penalize UND for using the nickname and logo.
The House passed the nickname bill on a 65-28 vote. It went into the Senate with a 5-2 do-not pass recommendation from the Senate Education Committee.
Before Friday’s floor session began, the Senate buzzed with activity and some asked about vote predictions. Students peered down fromÂ the Senate balcony and listened to the debate. Members of the North Dakota House stood in the back of the chamber to listen as well.
Senators have been flooded with e-mails this week from nickname supporters and opponents, putting a strain on their state e-mail accounts.