Opponents of ND's blue laws changing tactics

BISMARCK (AP) — A group aiming to repeal the North Dakota’s longstanding Sunday business restrictions is changing tactics.
The group will shift from collecting signatures for an initiated measure to pushing for reintroduction of a bill next year to remove the so-called blue laws that ban retail shopping before noon on Sundays.
Proponents needed to collect about 13,450 signatures to force a vote.
Organizer Brandon Medenwald says only about 5,000 signatures were gathered.
Medenwald is a Democrat and a business owner in Fargo. He announced this week he was seeking a House seat in his district.
The Republican-led Legislature has defeated several measures over the years to end the Sunday morning shopping prohibition, most recently last year when it was defeated by the Senate.