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If You’re Skeptical of the Legislature Making Changes to the Initiated Measure Process Please Watch This Video

If You’re Skeptical of the Legislature Making Changes to the Initiated Measure Process Please Watch This Video

The state Senate’s Committee’ on Government and Veteran Affairs voted on SCR4001 they gave it a unanimous “do not pass” recommendation. The resolution, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), would amend the state constitution to require that ballot initiative which would amend the state constitution be approved by the Legislature in addition to the voters.

Mark Friese: Ballot Measure Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Has “Substantial Flaws”

This guest post was submitted by Fargo defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm. Decriminalization of marijuana is in sight. Congratulations to Legalize ND and their legion of support, including student organizations, and countless individuals from a wide range of political and professional backgrounds. Without funding, getting an initiated measure on the ballot

Petition Backing Constitutional Amendment Banning Non-Citizen Voting Approved for Circulation

Previously I wrote about a constitutional ballot measure effort, backed by erstwhile Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Emineth, currently a candidate for the state Senate in Bismarck, which would ban non-citizen voting in North Dakota’s constitution. That sort of voting is already illegal under state law, but Emineth told me in an interview the constitutional

Ballot Measure Petition Submitted to Create Special License Plates for Emergency Responders

The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office has received for approval a proposed ballot measure which would create a special license plate for emergency responders. The measure says it’s specifically for volunteer responders, but as you can see from the text of the measure the definition of volunteers includes some professionals: This is a statutory

Here’s an Idea for Initiated Measures: Require That They Go Through the Legislature First

The initiated measure process is a terrible way to make public policy, and the 2016 election cycle proved it. Not only did voters approve a medical marijuana measure that forgot to, you know, decriminalize medical marijuana they also cast their ballots for Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment which is already diminishing the amount of justice

Here Are the Measures Which Will Be on North Dakota’s Statewide Ballot in November

The deadlines have passed, the signatures have been submitted and verified, and the Secretary of State’s office announced today which measures will be on the ballot come November. And while I’ve lost my appetite for legislating at the ballot box over the last several cycles, for those of us who make a living writing about

House Passes Amendment Forcing "Major" Spending Measures To General Election Ballot

In 2014 one of the eight (!!!) ballot measures North Dakotans voted on was Measure 4, a constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature which did two things. First, it required that measures with a significant fiscal impact be placed on the general election ballot. Second, it prohibited constitutional amendments which would require the legislature to

State House Resurrects Amendment On Expensive Ballot Measures

On election day 2014 the North Dakota delivered a bloodbath for eight measures on the statewide ballot. All but one of them failed, including Measure 4 which would have amended the state constitution to require a) that measures with a “significant” cost in tax dollars go on the general election ballot and b) constitutional amendments

LegitSlater: 2014 Mid Term Election Reflection

It’s finally over. The ads have grown annoying, even for the candidates and measures I support. I am worn out from debating the issues in this election. I can only imagine how the candidates and committees feel as they have been living it for the past several months. As I write this (it’s Tuesday night,

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