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ND House approves bill to defend against cyber attacks


BISMARCK – North Dakota House members voted Tuesday, Jan. 10, to authorize the governor to activate the National Guard in the event of a cyber attack.

House lawmakers voted 78-14 to approved House Bill 1104, which adds cyber attack to the reasons the governor can mobilize the National Guard, in addition to natural disasters, riots and other imminent threats.

Some who voted against it said the language in the bill was too broad.

Others, including Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, said it would be difficult to define cyber attack and they should trust a governor would be careful to activate the National Guard only when necessary.

“We’re in a new world where we need to be able to respond quickly if something disastrous does happen,” Kasper said.

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