North Dakota’s Marsy’s Law Hit with Opposition

North Dakotans will vote on Marsy’s Law in November, a law that gives victims of crime the same equal rights as those prosecuted.

The North Dakota constitution allows the bill to skip the legislature and go straight to the ballot.

The “No on 3” Committee says they don’t believe the idea behind Marsy’s Law should be carried out as a constitutional amendment.

Their main concern is the terms used in the bill are too vague.

“You lose focus on victims that really need the services, and you could have victims that traditionally wouldn’t be thought as a victim demanding services and that would take away from the resources from those who really need it,” says Aaron Birst, Executive Director of the State’s Attorney’s Association.

Kathleen Wrigley, wife of the Lt. Governor, and Marcy’s Law advocate, said in a statement to KVRR: “These are basic rights that we believe people harmed by crime deserve. Ironically, the arguments our opposition makes to these rights are the same arguments used against the women’s right to vote last century.”