North Dakota Read Bills Before Vote Initiative (2012)
The measure is proposed by Jerrol LeBaron of California. In order to be eligible for the ballot, LeBaron was required to first acquire 25 sponsors in the state. David Wolfer, a retired Bismark businessman and chairman of the campaign, said,"The primary function of a legislator is to know the laws he's going to pass...I'm motivated to see that that job gets done properly."
Sen. Bob Stenehjem argues that there is no need for the initiative and that lawmakers are aware of the details of the bills they are signing. "Show me what problem we have in North Dakota. We don't have a problem. What he ought to do is go to a state where they have a problem," said Stenehjem. According to the North Dakota Constitution, lawmakers have to finish their session in 80 days. The deadline, said Stenehjem, will be harder to meet should the initiative be approved.
Path to the ballot
- See also: North Dakota signature requirements
After being approved for circulation, supporters must collect and submit a minimum of 12,844 valid signatures by August 4, 2010 in order to move the proposed measure to the 2010 ballot. The measure was officially filed with the North Dakota Secretary of State on March 9, 2010.
- Associated Press,"Measure requires ND lawmakers to read bills," February 10, 2010
- Associated Press,"Initiative requires reading of bills," February 10, 2010
- Associated Press,"Measure: Leaders must read all bills," March 9, 2010
- Associated Press,"ND measure requires lawmakers to read, post bills," March 10, 2010
- Associated Press,"ND state Senate leader disputes need for measure," March 10, 2010
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