North Dakota Simultaneous Appointment Amendment, Measure 1 (June 2008)
Had Measure 1 passed, it would have amended Section 6, Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution to make it easier for legislators to get state jobs. Under the provisions of the proposed amendment, a member of the state legislator would have been able to simultaneously service in office and hold a full-time appointed state office. What the state's constitution currently says is that a legislator can`t get a state appointment if the job got a pay raise when the legislator was in office.
Election Results via: The North Dakota Secretary of State
Representatives DeKrey, Berg, and Boucher sponsored the referral in the house. Senators Nething, O'Connell, Stenehjem sponsored it in the senate.
Gov. John Hoeven supports the measure. His reasoning is that when he was looking for people to appoint to the tax commission and the state's Supreme Court in 2005, he was barred by the state constitution from considering sitting state legislators for these offices.
David O'Connell, D-Lansford, one of the original sponsors of the resolution to place the ballot measure on the June ballot, said in late May that he is re-considering his support because of the reaction of his constituents. "What I'm hearing is, people aren't going to support it because they think you're elected to fill out your job ... rather than having the governor appoint you to something."
Path to the ballot
The North Dakota State Legislature voted to have the measure placed on the ballot, by a vote of 88-3 in the state house, and 40-7 in the state senate.
- Constitutional Measure #1 ballot language
- State Ballot Measure Makes it Easier for Legislators to Get State Jobs
- ND measure makes it easier for legislators to get state jobs
- Associated Press, Measure to help ND legislators get state jobs is beaten, June 11, 2008