Under Senate Bill 9, anyone who "circumcises, excises or infibulates" the genitals of a girl under 18 years old could be charged with a Class C felony. Her parents could be charged at the same level for consenting to the procedure or for taking the girl out of state for the operation.
There are exceptions for medically necessary procedures.
The practice, used in some cultures, was banned under federal law in 1996, sponsoring Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, said Monday. A federal judge struck down that law in November, saying the federal government had overstepped its power but that states could pass their own laws.
Twenty-eight others have done so, according to Krawiec.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has been a vocal proponent for the bill and put out a statement after Monday evening's vote, commending the Senate for its vote.