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ALVIN A. JAEGER, SECRETARY OF STATE HOME PAGE wen goveoe PHONE (701) 328-2900 Fax (701) s2s.2982 EMAIL s08@nd gov SECRETARY OF STATE ‘STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA, (600 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE DEPT 100 "BISMARCK ND 88505-0500 May 28, 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: It relates to prohibiting the legislative assembly from submitting certain amendments to Article Ill of the state’s constitution or within seven years to a constitutional amendment previously approved by the voters. Dustin Gawrylow of Bismarck is the ch: .erson of the sponsoring committee. Attached is a copy of the proposed petition, which contains a list of the 25 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 iitle. 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 patition title will be provided to the sponsoring committee no earlier than Tuesday, June 4, 2019, nor later than Thursday, June 6, 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 ALVIN A. JAEGER SECRETARY OF STATE Pace ot eneene FAK (701) 326-2982 HOME PAGE wwwne gavisos EMAIL sosarra.gow SECRETARY OF STATE ‘STATE OF NORTHDAKOTA, {600 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE DEPT 108 BISMARCK ND 53805-0500 May 28, 2019 Dustin Gawrylow Chairperson PO Box 241 Bismarck ND 58602-0241 Dear Mr. Gawryiow, hereby acknowledge receipt of your request to review the format of a petition that will be used to obtain signatures of qualified electors to place a constitutional initiative on the ballot for an upcoming election. It relates to prohibiting the legislative assembly from submiting certain amendments to Article Ill of the state's constitution or within seven years to a constitutional amendment previously approved by the voters. According to Section 16.1-01-09 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 attorney general for approval or disapproval.” ‘That section of law further specifies that, “The secretary of state and the attomey general shall complete ‘heir 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 Tuesday, June 4, 2019, nor later than Thursday, June 6, 2019 ‘When the review is complete, you will be notified in writing, Co: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Time Line for Constitutional Initiative It relates to prohibiting the legislative assembly from submitting certain amendments to Article Ill of the state's constitution or within seven years to a constitutional amendment previously approved by the voters. Submitted to the Secretary of State for review and approval for circulation eevee ae Earliest date the law allows Secretary of State to approve the petition title Tuseday, dane4, 2019 Latest date by which the Secretary of State must provide the petition title ‘Thareday, uns 6, 2039, Date that Secretary of State supplied Sponsoring ‘Committee with petition title for petition along with a To Be Determined listing of corrections for the petition's format Date that Sponsoring Committee returned petition , to Secretary of State for review To Be Determined Date that Secretary of State approved petition for 7 circulation To Be Determined Deadline for submitting petition signatures to the Secretary of State (120 days before the election at ‘One year from date petition was approved which the measure is to appear on the ballot or one | __for circulation - To Be Determined year from the date the petition is approved for circulation) Number of signatures needed to place measure on 26,904 Dustin Gawrylow Chairperson i PO Box 241 Contact person for the sponsoring committee Biemarok ND 58502-0241 (701) 290-9331