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Two initiatives meet North Dakota petition drive deadline

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August 9, 2010

BISMARK, North Dakota: North Dakota's petition drive deadline has come and gone. On August 4 two of ten proposed initiatives filed signatures with the North Dakota Secretary of State. In order to qualify for the November general election ballot supporters of proposed measures must submit a minimum of 25,688 valid signatures for initiated constitutional amendments or 12,844 for either initiated state statutes or veto referendums. Both of the filed initiatives - a measure proposing to ban fenced hunting and a proposal to allow chain-store ownership of pharmacies - were proposed initiated state statutes.[1][2]

Recent reports by the secretary of state's office stated that the proposed pharmacy initiative may not qualify for the ballot after all. 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.[3]

Filed initiatives:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Fenced Hunting Ban Initiative Hunting Bans fenced hunting such as game preserves where people pay to shoot big-game animals
CISS Pharmacy Ownership Repeal Healthcare Repeals the provision that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists

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