Ballot measure pushes back on lawmakers wanting a role on initiated measures

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A citizen group has drafted a proposed ballot measure that aims to restrict the Legislature from making it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution.

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office received the proposed petition Thursday.

The Legislature this month approved a resolution that allows lawmakers to vote on an initiated measure following voters’ approval. Any initiated measures would go back to voters for final approval if it fails to win lawmakers’ endorsement.

Voters must approve that change in 2020.

The proposed ballot measure goes beyond that, restricting the Legislature from changing the state constitution’s “powers reserved to the people.”

Supporters of the idea need to collect about 27,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.

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