There may soon be a new look to Highway 22 for the length of the state highway, thanks to the passage of a bill by the state legislature in March and the signing of the bill by the governor.
The new law will create and enact a new section to chapter 24-01 of the North Dakota Century Code that relates to designating the state highway from the South Dakota border to the northernmost point of Highway 22 where it meets State Highway 23 as the Veterans Memorial Highway and it will also provide continuing appropriation of funding.
The new law also allows for not only state signs with the new title but also to accept appropriate signs or funds donated to the department for the placement of signs.
The law was signed by Gov. Doug Burgum on March 13.
The sponsors for the bill were Rep. Mike Lefor (R-Dist. 37), Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dist. 36), Rep. Vicki Steiner (R-37) and Rep. Brad Bekkedahl (R-Dist. 1).
On the senate side, it was sponsored by Sen. David Rust (R-Dist. 2) and Sen. Rich Wardner (R-Dist. 37).
It passed the House by a 92-1 margin, with one nay and one absent on Jan 29, then by a 45-0 margin in the Senate March 4 with two absent. The only nay vote was by Rep. Thomas Beadle (R-Dist. 27).