North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment (2014)

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The North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment may appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would redirect five percent of the state's oil extraction tax revenues to a new outdoor heritage fund. The fund would be managed by a committee board comprised by a majority of conservation and outdoors representation.[1]

Ninety percent of the fund’s annual revenues would be used to make grants to public and private groups working on water quality, natural flood control, fish and wildlife habitat parks and outdoor recreation areas, access for fishing and hunting, land acquisition for parks and outdoor education for children. Ten percent of the fund’s annual revenues would be deposited with the principle invested by the State Investment Board. The earnings from the investment would be transferred to the fund for spending purposes after January 1, 2019.

The fund would be governed by a Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Commission, which would be comprised of the governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. A Citizen Accountability Board would be appointed for three-year terms to review grant applications and make recommendations to the Commission.

The amendment requires that every twenty-five years, voters be able to decide on the question of whether to continue the financing from the oil extraction tax.[1]

The measure is sponsored by the North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks.[2]

Support

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North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks (NDCWWP) is leading the campaign in support of the measure.[2]

Supporters

Organizations

  • Pheasants Forever[2]
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Audubon Society
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • The Conservation Fund
  • The UND Wildlife Society
  • National Park Conservation Association
  • Quality Deer Management Association
  • Izaak Walton League of America
  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  • Dakota Outdoors
  • North Dakota Wildlife Federation
  • North Dakota Natural Resources Trust
  • North American Grouse Partnership
  • North Dakota Beekeeper’s Association
  • North Dakota Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation
  • North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society
  • Badlands Conservation Alliance
  • Grand Forks County Prairie Partners
  • Barnes County Wildlife Federation
  • Stutsman County Wildlife Federation
  • Cass County Wildlife Club
  • Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club
  • Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Missouri Valley Shooting Sports Association
  • Sporting Chance

Businesses

  • Great Northern Bicycle Co.[2]

Tactics and strategies

North Dakota Watchdog reported that NDCWWP was hiring paid field organizers via Craigslist in April 2014.[3]

Opposition

North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation (NDCSC) is leading the campaign against the measure.[4]

Opponents

  • Greater North Dakota Chamber[4]
  • North Dakota League of Cities[5]
  • North Dakota Association of Counties
  • North Dakota School Boards Association
  • North Dakota Petroleum Council
  • North Dakota Farm Bureau
  • North Dakota Grain Growers
  • North Dakota Corn Growers
  • Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce
  • Lignite Energy Council

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in North Dakota

The measure was approved for circulation on August 29, 2013 by the Secretary of State.[6] The initiative's supporters must collect a minimum of 26,904 valid signatures by August 6, 2014.

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