Secretary of State Al Jaeger says a proposed ballot measure to allow bottle rocket sales in North Dakota is ready for circulation. The initiative said anyone who is at least 18 years old may buy bottle rockets in North Dakota. It would reverse a ban on bottle rocket sales that the Legislature approved last year.
I ran across this opinion piece in The Bismarck Tribune this morning and wanted to share it here. It’s a short but great piece that talks about the usefullness and success of an open & accessible ballot initiative process in the state of North Dakota. The author’s closing statement is particularly good:
A proposed ballot measure supporters say is intended to restrict abortions in North Dakota would make it a felony to decapitate or crush the skull of a fetus. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said the proposed initiative petition was turned in to his office late Tuesday. He has until April 22 to review the measure and approve it for circulation.
Supporters of abolishing North Dakota property taxes may begin gathering petition signatures to put the idea on the ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved the ballot initiative for circulation. It would change the North Dakota Constitution to eliminate property taxes, starting in January 2012. The Legislature would have to use state taxes to replace the property tax income of local governments, and figure out a way to distribute the replacement money. The measure needs almost 26,000 petition signatures by Aug. 4 to get a spot on the November general election ballot.
A group trying to force legislators to read bills before they vote to pass them has had its initiated measure approved for circulation. Honor in Office will now need to get almost 26,000 signatures before such a measure can get on the ballot. The group’s executive director, Jerrol LeBaron, said he and a group of more than 20 volunteers will be hitting up fairs and county events as well as advertising the petition in local businesses.
A petition with 1,004 signatures on it calling for a vote on UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is now in the hands of tribal Chairman Charles W. Murphy, the chairman confirmed Monday. Nickname supporters from the tribe, following the earlier example of their compatriots at the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation, produced the petition.
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.
A proposed ballot measure that would require North Dakota legislators to read all bills and post them on the internet 4 days before final votes are taken is receiving mixed opinions from several local legislators. Retired Bismarck businessman, David Wolfer, is chairman of the initiative’s sponsoring committee. He says the idea will ensure legislators are more familiar with state laws they’re putting on the books.
A proposed North Dakota ballot measure that requires state lawmakers to read bills before they vote on them will be turned in to the secretary of state on Tuesday. Jerrol LeBaron has been promoting the measure, and he says retired Bismarck businessman Dave Wolfer has agreed to be chairman of the initiative’s sponsoring committee. The measure says lawmakers have to certify that they’ve read a bill before they vote to approve it. Finished versions of bills also have to be posted on the Internet for at least four days before there’s a final vote.