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The Latest: Petition that would block Roosevelt funding lags

July 24, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on referral petitions to overturn new laws(all times local):

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11:23 a.m.

A voter referendum is coming up short to block funding for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt presidential library in western North Dakota.

Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz tells The Associated Press that the needed signatures for library referral “is not going to happen” by Thursday’s deadline.

Kuntz also submitted a referral petition last month to overturn a new law exempting lawmakers’ communications with public employees. The group headed by Kuntz missed the deadline Tuesday to get that proposal on the ballot.

Signatures to get a third referral on the ballot to stop new restrictions on the state auditor are due on July 31. Kuntz says it’s unlikely enough signatures on that issue will be gathered by the deadline.

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9:26 a:m

A group seeking to overturn a new law exempting lawmakers’ communications with public employees missed the deadline to get the proposal on the ballot.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the group headed by Dickinson electrician Riley Kuntz failed to turn in by midnight Tuesday the nearly 13,500 qualified signatures needed to get the proposal to a statewide vote next year.

The North Dakota Legislature passed the bill with wide bipartisan support. It was sponsored by Republican Sen. Judy Lee of West Fargo.

Kuntz also submitted referral petitions to stop new restrictions on the state auditor and to block funding for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt presidential library.

The deadline to submit signatures for the presidential library referral is Thursday, while the deadline for the auditor proposal is July 31.

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