North Dakota Referral and Initiative Reform Amendment, Measure 4 (2014)
The North Dakota Referral and Initiative Reform Amendment, Measure 4 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would require that initiated measures estimated to have a significant fiscal impact be placed on the general election ballot and prohibit initiated constitutional amendments that would make a direct appropriation of public funds for a specific purpose.
Text of measure
The official ballot text is as follows:
This constitutional measure would amend and reenact section 2 of Article III of the North Dakota Constitution. This measure would require that initiated measures that are estimated to have a significant fiscal impact must be placed on the general election ballot. The measure would also prohibit the approval for circulation of any petition to initiate a constitutional amendment that would make a direct appropriation of public funds for a specific purpose or require the legislative assembly to appropriate funds for a specific purpose.
YES - means you approve the measure summarized above.
NO - means you reject the measure summarized above. 
|Section 2. A petition to initiate or to refer a measure must be presented to the secretary of state for approval as to form. A request for approval must be presented over the names and signatures of twenty-five or more electors as sponsors, one of whom must be designated as chairman of the sponsoring committee. The secretary of state shall approve the petition for circulation if it is in proper form and contains the names and addresses of the sponsors and the full text of the measure.
The legislative assembly may provide by law for
If a petition to initiate a constitutional amendment would make a direct appropriation of public funds for a specific purpose or would require the legislative assembly to appropriate funds for a specific purpose, the petition may not be approved for circulation.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution
According to Section 16 of Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution, the legislature had to approve the bill by a simple majority in order to place the measure on the ballot. HCR 3011 was passed by the North Dakota House on April 22, 2013. The bill was passed by the North Dakota Senate on April 24, 2013.
April 22, 2013 House vote
|North Dakota HCR 3011 House Vote|
April 24, 2013 Senate vote
|North Dakota HCR 3011 Senate Vote|
- North Dakota Legislature, "House Concurrent Resolution No. 3011," accessed January 22, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Ballot Language for Measures Appearing on the Election Ballot," accessed September 4, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- North Dakota Legislature, "Bill Actions for HCR 3011," accessed January 22, 2014
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