Bill for new ND Logo continues in the Senate

Published: Mar. 21, 2019 at 7:14 PM CDT
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After backlash over the new state logo in October, legislators continue looking at a bill which would essentially be a do-over contest. The bill passed the House easily and now the Senate is taking its turn on the bill.

Hundreds of North Dakota businesses penned a letter in October basically denouncing the new design.

House Bill 1457 would make the Department of Commerce create the contest in time for the state's 2020 travel guide. The winning design would get a $9,500 prize, which is what a Minnesota company was paid to make the current logo.

"I think it should be more. I think the logo is really important to North Dakota. I think it's more valuable than that,” said Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla.

Initially, Nelson wanted to give the winner a $50,000 prize, but that was amended down to what the state paid for the new logo. He did ask the Senate to raise the prize.