North Dakota State Office Appointment Amendment, Measure 1 (June 2012)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Article IV, Section 6
Referred by:North Dakota State Legislature
Topic:Administration of government
Status:On the ballot
The North Dakota State Office Appointment Amendment, Measure 1 will appear on the June 12, 2012 statewide ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would allow state legislators to be appointed to other government offices.[1][2]

A similar amendment appeared on the ballot in 2008. The measure was defeated with only 43% of the vote in favor.

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Al Carlson.

Text of measure

The measure as it will appear on the ballot:[3]

This constitutional measure would amend and reenact section 6 of Article IV of the North

Dakota Constitution. This measure would prohibit the appointment of a member of the Legislative Assembly to a state office for which the compensation was increased in an amount greater than any general legislative increase provided to full-time state employees during the member's term of office.

YES – means you approve the measure as summarized above.
NO – means you reject the measure as summarized above.

Constitutional changes

The proposed measure amends Section 6 of Article IV of the Constitution of North Dakota.[4]

Article IV, Section 6 would be amended to read:

Text of Section 6:

While serving in the legislative assembly, no member may hold any full-time appointive state office established by this constitution or designated by law. During the term for which elected, no member of the legislative assembly may be appointed to any full-time office whichthat has been created, or by the legislative assembly. During the term for which elected, no member of the legislative assembly may be appointed to any full-time office for which the compensation has been increased, by the legislative assembly during that termhas increased the compensation in an amount greater than the general rate of increase provided to full-time state employees.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution

According to the North Dakota Constitution an amendment proposed by either the House or the Senate required only majority approval.

On April 19, 2011 the Senate voted 37-8 in favor of referring the measure to the ballot.[5] Previously, the House approved the measure following a 89-5 vote on April 18.[6]

Timeline

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The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:

Event Date Developments
Approval April 18, 2011 The House approved the measure following a 89-5 vote.
Final Approval April 19, 2011 The Senate voted 37-8 in favor of referring the measure to the ballot.

See also

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