Senator Andrist proposes North Dakota constitutional amendment
BISMARCK, North Dakota: John Andrist, a member of the North Dakota State Senate since 1992, says that he wants a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2010 ballot in North Dakota that would largely overturn the provisions endorsed by about 54% of the state's voters in 2008 when they approved the North Dakota Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Initiative.
The basic issue is how the state should use the money that regularly flows into its coffers from a tobacco lawsuit. The 2008 initiative earmarked the tobacco settlement funds for particular purposes, such as prevention.
According to Andrist, the 2008 initiative may have been unconstitutional and thus, subject to lawsuits. He thinks the state's voters should re-consider it.