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NAC Action Alert
NORTH DAKOTA Senate Bill 2212

February 18, 2003

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                     NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE
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DATE   : February 18, 2003
SUBJECT: North Dakota Senate Bill 2212
TO     : All naturists

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee is closely monitoring the 2003 U.S.
state legislatures on behalf of naturists. We have recently
identified a situation in North Dakota that threatens the very core
of family naturism. NAC needs your immediate help.

THE THREAT

Senate Bill 2212 proposes to modify Subsection 1 of section
12.1-20-12.1 of the North Dakota Century Code. The revisions that would be made are shown in UPPER CASE letters in the following excerpt from the bill:

   1. A person, with intent to arouse, appeal to, or
       gratify that person's lust, passions, or sexual
       desires, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if
       that person:

         a. Masturbates in a public place OR IN THE
           PRESENCE OF A MINOR
;or

         b. Exposes one's penis, vulva, or anus in a
           public place OR TO A MINOR IN A PUBLIC OR
           PRIVATE PLACE
.
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Naturists should not take comfort in the wording that seems to
indicate an offense takes place only if there is intent to arouse,
appeal to or gratify sexual desires. Despite those words, this is the
section of North Dakota law used as a practical matter to prosecute
simple nudity. Sexual motivation is assumed to be associated with
nudity.

Why else would any anyone be nude, right?

This bill would criminalize nudity in the presence of a child and
makes no exception for nudity in naturist contexts or even for
household nudity among family members. Indeed, many lawmakers have
been led to believe that household nudity "softens up" a child for
acceptance of subsequent sexual abuse.

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THIS BILL?

SB 2212 was introduced in the Senate and has passed a floor vote
there without a single vote of opposition. It has been referred to
the House, where it is assigned to the Judiciary Committee. Naturists
must take a stand now.

WHAT CAN I DO?

The Naturist Action Committee needs your help now. NAC is asking
naturists everywhere, and especially those from North Dakota, to
write to members of the House Judiciary Committee, expressing
opposition to SB 2212. The members of the committee are listed below.
Please contact as many as possible.

WHAT DO I SAY?

Whether you call or write, be polite. Verbal attacks on lawmakers
are never productive.

Identify yourself. Anonymous contacts are disregarded. Contacts from
North Dakota residents are most valuable in this matter, but NAC is
asking ALL NATURISTS for help.

Identify the legislation you oppose. The bill is Senate Bill 2212.
Say clearly that you oppose it.

Briefly tell why you oppose the bill. NAC suggests that you mention
the benefits of family-friendly naturist and express your opposition
to a proposed law that would criminalize it.

Contact by email is an acceptable way of communicating with North
Dakota legislators.

Contact NAC with feedback you receive from lawmakers or their offices.
     NAC board member Mark Storey: storey98@aol.com
     NAC chair Bob Morton: ctnudists@aol.com

NORTH DAKOTA HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Rep. Duane DeKrey  (R-Pettibone) Chair
4323 27th Street SE, Pettibone, ND 58487
Tel: 701-273-4844
E-mail: ddekrey@state.nd.us

Rep. Andrew Maragos (R-Minot) Vice Chair
Address: 125 Sixth Avenue NE, Minot, ND 58703
Tel: 701-852-8747
E-mail: amaragos@state.nd.us

Rep. LeRoy G. Bernstein (R-Fargo)
Address: 3949 North 10th Street, Fargo, ND 58102-1048
Tel: 701-235-1049
E-mail: lbernste@state.nd.us

Rep. Randy Boehning (R-Fargo)
Address: 825 42nd Street SW #211, Fargo, ND 58103
Tel: 701-281-0956
E-mail: rboehning@state.nd.us

Rep. Lois Delmore (D-Grand Forks)
Address: 714 South 22nd Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201
Tel: 701-746-2407 ext. 333
E-mail: ldelmore@state.nd.us

Rep. Bruce Eckre (D-Wahpeton)
Address: 1300 North Seventh Street, Wahpeton, ND 58075
Tel: 701-642-3663
E-mail: beckre@state.nd.us

Rep. Pat Galvin (R-Hazen)
Address: 621 Third Avenue NW, Hazen, ND 58545
Telephone: 701-748-2338
E-mail: pgalvin@state.nd.us

Rep. Bette B. Grande (R-Fargo)
Address: 181 Prairiewood Drive, Fargo, ND 58103
Tele: 701-293-1729
E-mail: bgrande@state.nd.us

Rep. Joyce Kingsbury (R-Grafton)
Address: 143 Eastwood Drive, Grafton, ND 58237
Tel: 701-352-0175
E-mail: jkingsbu@state.nd.us

Rep. Lawrence R. Klemin (R-Bismarck)
Address: 1709 Montego Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503
Tel: 701-258-8988
E-mail: lklemin@state.nd.us

Rep. William E. Kretschmar (R-Venturia)
Address: 201 East Third Street, Venturia, ND 58489
Tel: 701-288-3632
E-mail: wkretsch@state.nd.us

Rep. Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall) ( a House sponsor of the bill)
Address: 3515 66th Avenue NW, Parshall, ND 58770
Tel: 701-862-3915
E-mail: konstad@state.nd.us

Rep. Dwight Wrangham (R-Bismarck)
Address: 301 52nd Street SE, Bismarck, ND 58501
Tel: 701-258-8103
E-mail: dwrangha@state.nd.us


MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about Senate Bill 2212 is available on the web
site of the Naturist Action Committee:

     www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Select ALERTS, ADVISORIES & UPDATES and then "Current Alerts" to find
this Advisory and links to additional information, including existing
state law, the complete text of the legislation

PLEASE HELP NAC HELP NATURISTS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND ELSEWHERE

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights
of naturists throughout North America. NAC is a volunteer nonprofit
organization that relies on the grass roots participation of naturists
who understand that individuals working together can make a
difference.

NAC has no membership roster on which to assess dues, and it relies
completely on voluntary contributions from concerned and involved
naturists like you. Monitoring lawmakers across North America is
expensive, but NAC knows that it's necessary for the protection of our
freedoms.

Won't you take a moment to help NAC by sending a generous donation?
You may send your donation to the address below, or you may call
tollfree (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard or
Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903
 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Mark Storey
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Mark Storey       - <storey98@aol.com>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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