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Opponents of North Dakota pharmacy ownership laws file initiative for 2012

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July 7, 2011

BISMARCK, North Dakota: Opponents of North Dakota's pharmacy ownership laws launched a second effort to qualify an initiative to repeal the state laws. On Wednesday, July 6 Duane Sand officially filed the initiative with the Secretary of State's office.[1]

The law, which the initiative proposes to overturn, was first approved in 1963. It required that pharmacists have a majority ownership of most North Dakota pharmacies.[2]

Ballot measure supporters first filed the initiative in 2010 to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law with the secretary of state's office on October 8, 2009. After reviewing the filed signatures, it was determined that the initiative had exceeded the signature requirement by 91 signatures, however, supporters failed to submit a list of sponsoring committee members with the petition sheets. The committee list, according to officials, would withhold the measure from the ballot.

In order to qualify for the 2012 statewide ballot supporters of the initiative are required to collect a minimum of 13,452 valid signatures.[3]

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