Petitions said to contain the signatures of 46,000 North Dakotans were submitted Tuesday to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office for validation.

The petitions are for an initiated ballot measure that would set term limits on the governor and state lawmakers, as well as prohibit the North Dakota Legislature from making any amendments to the term limit provisions.

It would specify that legislators could serve two terms in the House and two terms in the Senate, which would mean an elected official could serve up to 16 years in the legislature.

There would also be a two-term limit for the governor’s office.

“When you have long-serving legislators that are in there for 20, 30 years, even the best people can sometimes go astray because over time they develop relationships that are stronger with lobbyists and bureaucrats than with the taxpayers,” said Chair of Sponsoring Committee Jared Hendrix.

The proposal needs at least 31,164 valid signatures to appear on the November general election statewide ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office is tasked with validating the signatures and determining if there are enough valid ones to place the initiated measure on the ballot.

The Secretary of State has 35 days, or until March 22, to complete the validation process.

The group believes residents want this type of change and are confident enough signatures have been gathered to have this appear on the ballot this November.