N. Daokta: Measure supporters working toward Nov. ballot with help from summer events

Mon, Jun 30 2014 — Source: Bismark Tribune

With a boost from the Fourth of July and other summer celebrations, three groups circulating ballot petitions are confident they will have their measures before voters in November.

Petition drives are underway for ballot measures that would create a new conservation fund, start the school year after Labor Day and change the state pharmacy ownership law. A fourth group, pursuing a shared parenting initiative, has turned in its signatures and is waiting for ballot approval from the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office.

Drawing the stiffest opposition so far is a measure that would create a Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Trust. It would require setting aside 5 percent of the state’s oil extraction tax revenue annually for conservation.

The proposed constitutional measure requires 26,904 legitimate signatures by midnight Aug. 6 to appear on the November ballot.

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