North Dakota initiative requires lawmakers read bills before voting
BISMARK, North Dakota: Jerrol LeBaron of California is proposing a new initiative for the 2010 ballot that would require that state lawmakers swear they have read and understood legislative bills before voting. However, before the initiative can be approved for circulation, LeBaron must first acquire 25 sponsors in the state. LeBaron says his measure is a "wonderful opportunity...for the legislators to brag about the fact that it is the most transparent, most accountable, and most responsible state in the nation." However, some lawmakers disagree. Rep. Al Carlson called the measure unnecessary and argues that the state of North Dakota is already "a very open, transparent system of government." In addition to reading the bills, lawmakers would be required to swear to not being influenced by bribes or "vote trading."
- Associated Press,"Measure requires ND lawmakers to read bills," February 10, 2010
- Associated Press,"Initiative requires reading of bills," February 10, 2010