CONTROVERSIAL BILL DEFEATED BY SENATE

WINNIPEG, Man. — The North Dakota State Senate has defeated a bill that would require truckers crossing into that state to provide proof that their trucks are free of residue from certain chemicals.

The controversial bill, which would have prevented most Canadian farm products from crossing the border there, was shot down Thursday.

North Dakota Senator Jerry Klein was opposed to the legislation from day one.

"There were enforceability issues," said Klein. "We can’t singularly close our borders and say ‘You guys, drive around.’"

"Their hearts may have been worried about food safety, but their heads were saying, ‘Let’s keep Canadian wheat out of here,’" Klein added.

The bill not only targeted shipments destined for North Dakota, but those passing through the state to other destinations as well.

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