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Amendment added to ballot to address government transparency

Bismarck, ND - North Dakotans will have another amendment to vote on in November. Secretary of State Al Jaeger certified the ND Anti-Corruption Amendment.

A group gathered 38,451 signatures, which is far more than the 26,904 needed to get a measure on the ballot. The ballot is meant to address transparency and ethical issues in state government.

According to North Dakotans for Public Integrity, the group that circulated the petition, North Dakota is one of seven states without an ethics commission. The Nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity has also given Government in North Dakota a failing grade for transparency, accountability and ethics enforcement in 2015 and in 2012.

In part, the Anti-Corruption Amendment would establish a North Dakota ethics commission.

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