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PHONE (701) 328-2000 ALVIN A. JAEGER EMAIL sos@ra.gov SECRETARY OF STATE WEBSITE sos.nd.gov SECRETARY OF STATE ‘STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA, {600 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE DEPT 108 BISMARCK ND 60508-0500 April 25, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Al Jaeger, Secretary of State, (701) 328-2900 CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE SUBMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE BISMARCK, ND — Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced today that a proposed petition to initiate a constitutional measure has been submitted to the Secretary of State's office for review and approval to circulate. The proposed constitutional initiative relates to: Amending the state's constitution to supersede legislative al propose amendments to Article Ill. Dustin Gawrylow of Bismarck is the chairperson of the sponsoring committee. Attached is a copy of the proposed petition, which contains a list of the 39 sponsoring committee members, and a time line related to the process. The Secretary of State and Attorney General have five to seven business days to draft a petition title. This short and concise statement must fairly represent the measure and must be included ‘on the petition circulated for the signatures of qualified electors. The petition title will be provided to the sponsoring committee no earlier than Wednesday, May 1, 2019, nor later than Friday, May 3, 2019. Note: As a reference resource, refer to the pamphlet, 2017-2019 Initiating and Referring Law in North Dakota, at Vote.ND.Gov and Ballot Measures PHONE (70%) 328-2000, ALVIN A. JAEGER, EMAIL sos@nd-gor SECRETARY OF STATE WEBSITE sosndoov SECRETARY OF STATE ‘STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA 600 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE DEPT 108 BISMARCK NO 60505-0500 April 25, 2019 Dustin Gawrylow Chairperson PO Box 241 Bismarck ND 58502-0241 Dear Mr. Gawrylow, | hereby acknowledge receipt of your request to review the format of a pettion that will be used to obtain signatures of qualified electors to place a constitutional initiative on the ballot for an upcoming election. It is related to amending the state's constitution to supersede legislative abilty to propose amendments to Article Il According to Section 16.1-01-08 of the North Dakota Century Code (N.D.C.C.), “Upon receipt of a petition to initiate or refer a measure, the secretary of state shall draft a short and concise statement that fairly represents the measure. The statement must be submitted to the attomey general for approval or disapproval.” ‘That section of law further specifies that, "The secretary of state and the attomey general shall complete their review of a petition in not less than five, nor more than seven, business days, excluding Saturdays.” Based on the time line stipulated in state law, the review cannot be completed earlier than Wednesday, May 1, 2019, nor later than Friday, May 3, 2019 When the review is complete, you will be notified in writing, Sincerely, bw beg Alvin A. Jaeyer Secretary of State Co: Attomey General Wayne Stenehjem Time Line for Const itional Initiative Relating to amending the state's constitution to supersede legislative ability to propose amendments to Article Ill. ‘Submitted to the Secretary of State for review and approval for circulation April 24, 2019 Earliest date the law allows Secretary of State to approve the petition title Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Latest date by which the Secretary of State must provide the petition title Friday, May 3, 2019 Date that Secretary of State supplied Sponsoring Committee with petition ttle for petition along with a listing of corrections for the petition's format To Be Determined Date that Sponsoring Committee returned petition to Secretary of State for review To Be Determined Date that Secretary of State approved petition for circulation To Be Determined Deadline for submitting petition signatures to the Secretary of State (120 days before the election at which the measure is to appear on the ballot or one year from the date the petition is approved for circulation) ‘One year from date petition was approved for circulation - To Be Determined Number of signatures needed to place measure on ballot. 26,904 Contact person for the sponsoring committee Dustin Gawrylow Chairperson’ PO Box 241 Bismarck ND 58502-0241 (701) 280-9331