North Dakota ethics measure approved for November ballot
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of changing the North Dakota constitution to include a sweeping government ethics overhaul have gathered enough signatures to bring the issue to voters.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says supporters of the initiative billed as an “anti-corruption amendment” needed nearly 27,000 valid signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. Jaeger says nearly 37,000 signatures were approved.
The initiative would ban foreign money from elections, restrict lobbying and create an independent ethics commission, among other provisions. North Dakota is one of only a handful of states without an ethics commission.
North Dakota Democratic lawmakers have been unsuccessfully pushing for years to establish an ethics commission. The Republican-led Legislature has said it’s not needed because lawmakers already follow high standards of conduct.