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North Dakota gets a head start on 2012, five certified measures

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September 30, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

BISMARCK, North Dakota: North Dakota voters have eight months before the state's June primary ballot, but already officials have referred and certified a total of five measures for the 2012 statewide ballot.

Of the three measures scheduled for the June ballot, two are initiated constitutional amendments, while one is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. Two more {{lrcafull}]s will appear on the November general election ballot in 2012.

But, that may not be all voters see. Two citizen initiative petitions are currently in circulation. One initiative calls for overturning a law first approved in 1963. It required that pharmacists have a majority ownership of most North Dakota pharmacies. The second proposal calls for a constitutional amendment that would block any law "which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices."

Certified measures scheduled to appear on the ballot in 2012:

June 12:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of gov't Allows legislators to be appointed to full-time appointive state office Approveda
CICA Measure 2 Taxes Eliminates property taxes as a source of state revenue Defeatedd
CICA Measure 3 Religion Prohibits gov't from burdening person or organization from religious liberty Defeatedd
VR Measure 4 Motto and symbols Repeals the North Dakota Legislature's decision to allow UND to drop the Fighting Sioux nickname. Approveda

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of gov't Revokes the authority for the poll tax and remove the offensive language Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Admin of gov't Requires the governor and other executive officials to take an oath of office Approveda
CICA Measure 3 Animal rights Blocks any law which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers. Approveda
CISS Measure 4 Smoking bans Bana smoking in all indoor workplaces. Approveda
CISS Measure 5 Treatment of animals Makes it a felony to maliciously harm a cat, dog, or horse, with exemptions for people with occupations involving animals. Defeatedd

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