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Petitions to overturn bills passed by Legislature OK’d

June 5, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Proposals to overturn three bills recently passed the North Dakota Legislature will go to voters if supporters can gather enough signatures.

The referral petitions submitted last month by Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz aim to stop new restrictions on the state auditor, block funding for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt presidential library and repeal legislation that shields communications between lawmakers and public employees.

Kuntz says a $50 million endowment to operate the Roosevelt library is not a good use of taxpayer money. He says restrictions on the state auditor and shielding lawmaker communications from the public erodes transparency in government.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger Wednesday approved the petitions for circulation. Jaeger says backers of the ballot measure must gather about 13,500 qualified signatures to get a statewide vote next year.

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