N.D. (Mike Nowatzki) – Gov. Doug Burgum has signed Senate Bill 2135
and is now seeking applicants for the Initiated and Referred Measure
Study Commission created by the legislation.
the 2017-2018 interim, the commission will study the process and cost
of placing initiated and referred measures on the ballot in North
Dakota and campaigning for or against such ballot measures. Members
also will study the process used to place measures on the ballot in
other states; whether the North Dakota Constitution or state law
relating to initiated or referred measures should be amended; and the
effects of out-of-state funding on the process and whether limits on
such funding are necessary.
commission will meet at least four times and must report its findings
and any recommendations to Legislative Management by Sept. 1, 2018.
19-member commission will include seven citizen members appointed by
the governor, one of whom must be a member of an association that
represents employees and their interests.
interested in serving on the commission may fill out an online
application form at www.governor.nd.gov/boards/AppForm.aspx.
The application deadline is May 19.
copy of SB 2135 can be found at
The act is effective through June 30, 2019.