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Require Initiated Constitutional Amendments to be Approved by the Legislature or Passed Twice Amendment

North Dakota Ballot Measure - Measure 2

Election: Nov. 3, 2020 (General)

Outcome: Failed

Categories:

Campaign Finance and Elections
Constitution
Legislative Branch

Summary


A concurrent resolution to amend and reenact section 9 of article III of the Constitution of North Dakota, relating to the process for approving constitutional amendments.

Measure Text


SECTION 1. AMENDMENT. Section 9 of article III of the Constitution of North Dakota is amended and reenacted as follows:

Section 9. A constitutional amendment may be proposed by initiative petition. If signed by electors equal in number to four percent of the resident population of the state at the last federal decennial census, the petition for a constitutional amendment may be submitted to the secretary of state. If electors approve an initiative for a constitutional amendment in a statewide election, the amendment must be submitted to the [two] subsequent legislative [assemblies] (assembly) . If the initiative is approved by a majority of members of each house in [both] (the) legislative [assemblies] (assembly) , the initiative is deemed enacted. (If the legislative assembly does not approve the initiative, the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next statewide election. If the majority of votes cast on the initiative are affirmative, the initiative is deemed enacted.) All other provisions relating to initiative measures apply [hereto] to initiative measures for constitutional amendments.

*Note: Words in [brackets] indicate proposed deletion of text. Words in (parenthesis) denote additions.

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