Plain Talk: Is Measure 2 a Good Idea or a Bad One?

Ralph Muecke at the North Dakota Watchdog Network booth explains a proposed ballot measure to a fairgoer in the Commercial II Building at the North Dakota State Fair. (Jill Schramm / Minot Daily News)

Measure 2 is a constitutional amendment, put on the November ballot by the Legislature, which would change the initiated measure process for constitutional measures.

Activists would still collect and file signatures the same way, but if a measure amending the constitution is passed by voters, it wouldn’t immediately be enacted. It would first go to the Legislature for an up-or-down vote.

If the Legislature approves, then the measure is enacted. If the Legislature votes it down, the measure automatically goes on the next general election ballot for another vote of the people. If approved again, then it is enacted.

Oh, and Measure 2 would require that constitutional amendments only be placed on November general election ballots, as opposed to June primaries.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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