BISMARCK, N.D. — A group aiming to repeal the North Dakota’s longstanding Sunday business restrictions is changing tactics.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 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.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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