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New law restricting auditor won’t be challenged at polls

August 1, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group seeking to overturn a new law to stop new restrictions on the state has missed the deadline to get the proposal on the ballot.

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

The law that requires the state auditor to get the Legislature’s approval for conducting performance audits. State Auditor Joshua Gallion says he will ignore the new law based on an opinion by the state attorney general’s office.

One of the lead backers of the legislation has called the new law a mistake. Rep. Keith Kempenich says he will introduce legislation next session to overturn it.

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