initiated measures

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A Legislator is suggesting a way to help groups who want to initiate a measure to have better and more understandable drafts of those measures.

Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot) wants to require initiated measures to be drafted by the Legislative Council, so the measures would fit into North Dakota laws.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A special commission has begun looking at North Dakota’s initiative and referendum process.

The Initiated and Referred Measures Study Commission was created by the 2017 Legislature. And it is to make recommendations to the 2019 Legislature on any changes in laws and procedures governing those citizen-initiated ballot measures.

Initiated and referendum study okayed

Apr 18, 2017
ND Legislature

The Legislature has passed and sent to Governor Burgum a bill that creates a commission to study North Dakota’s initiative and referral process.

Study subjects include the  costs of placing such measures on the ballot and whether there should be limits on out of state funding of measures.

Courtesy ND Legislature

A state Senator from Minot has introduced a bill creating a commission to study the state’s initiative and referral process.

"I want us to look at where the system could be better -- that's all," said Sen. David Hogue (R-Minot). "Many stakeholders are saying it isn't functioning the way we would want it to."

Hogue said he though rather than the Legislature taking a look at it, and then putting something on the ballot, why not do a comprehensive study.

Ashcroft stumps for Measure One

Oct 24, 2014
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A former US Attorney General – and governor of Missouri – says opponents of North Dakota’s Measure One are using what he called “propaganda” and “scare tactics.”

John Ashcroft was governor when Missouri’s Legislature passed a pro-life statute that he claims is very similar to North Dakota’s proposed Constitutional amendment. Appearing at a Bismarck news conference and rally on behalf of the group “ND Choose Life,” Ashcroft said the Missouri statute has NOT affected such things as end of life decisions – or in vitro fertilization.

Fiscal impacts of ballot measures

Sep 26, 2014

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State budget officials have estimated the costs for four of the measures on the November ballot.

That’s required by state law.

The information was given to the Legislative Management Committee. The committee chairman – Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) – says three of the four measures would have little to no fiscal impact. But he says one does.

Anti-property tax group appealing sanctions

May 9, 2013

The attorney representing the group that tried – by initiated measure – to end property taxes in North Dakota says a judge’s ruling that imposed sanctions on the group should be thrown out.