North Dakota: “Read the bill” initiative can begin circulation

Fri, Mar 19 2010 — Source: The Jamestown Sun

A voter initiative that would require North Dakota lawmakers to read bills before they vote to approve them is ready for circulation. Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the initiative petition on Thursday. Supporters need almost 13,000 signatures by Aug. 4 to put the measure on North Dakota’s November ballot. The initiative requires lawmakers to promise that they’ve read and understand a bill before they vote to approve it. They don’t have to read a bill if they oppose it. The requirement doesn’t apply to legislative committees.

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