GOP lawmakers aim to raise bar for citizen initiatives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature believes it should be tougher for citizens to amend the state constitution.

The House on Wednesday voted 65-26 to raise to 60 percent the margin necessary for voters to approve a constitutional amendment, instead of a majority.

The Senate passed a similar resolution 34-12 on Wednesday. But senators also want to double the number of signatures required to put a measure before voters. The Senate resolution also changes the deadline to submit signatures from 120 days to 240 days prior to an election.

Votes in both chambers largely fell along party lines, with Democrats dissenting. Senators will now review the House resolution, and vice versa.

Any resolution passed by both chambers would have to be approved by voters.

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