BISMARCKâ€”Chain retailers may not want to think about opening pharmacies in North Dakota just yet.
The House Industry, Business and Labor Committee gave a 10-3 do-not pass recommendation to the idea on Wednesday.
House Bill 1434 deletes wording in North Dakota law that requires pharmacies be majority-owned by pharmacists licensed in the state. This would have allowed retailers like Target and Walmart to open their own pharmacies in the state.
Committee Chairman Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, said he voted against the bill based on testimony that current law serves the stateâ€™s residents well.
Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo, has said he sponsored the bill on behalf of more than 40 constituents who want to see the law changed.
This same issue came up during the 2009 Legislature and failed to make it on the 2010 ballot due to a flaw in the way petitions were circulated. North Dakota is the only state in the nation with this law.
The bill will now go to the House floor for a full vote.