WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) _ The Williston City Commission has taken another step toward making it illegal for people to live in recreational vehicles outside a designed RV park.
The commission gave first-round approval Thursday to an ordinance that would make a violation subject to a fine of $500 a day.
The commissioners will continue discussing the ordinance before a final vote June 26th.
The commissioners are considering whether to allow recreational vehicles in commercial zoning districts or other areas, possibly requiring special permits and fees.
People are living in recreational vehicles in North Dakota's oil patch because of a housing shortage.
City officials say recreational vehicles scattered around Williston pose health and safety risks. Opponents say the ordinance will leave many people with no place to live.