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Pertaining to the Transparency of Funding Sources, Lobbyists, Conflicts of Interests, and the Establishment of an Ethics Commission Copy of Petition

North Dakota Ballot Measure - Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 1

Election: Nov. 6, 2018 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Campaign Finance and Elections




-This initiated constitutional measure would create a new article to the Constitution of North Dakota relating to government ethics requirements. The measure also would require any person who spent more than $200, adjusted for inflation, to influence a statewide election, election for the Legislative Assembly, or any "state government action" to disclose the sources of the funds. The measure would require the Legislative Assembly to enact laws regarding the disclosure provisions and would give each resident taxpayer the right to initiate a lawsuit to enforce the measure's disclosure requirements.
-The measure would prohibit lobbyists from offering or providing gifts to public officials and would prohibit public officials from accepting gifts from lobbyists. The measure would prohibit lobbyists from delivering campaign contributions made by others and would prohibit public officials from lobbying while in office and for 2 years after holding office. The measure defines "public official" as any elected or appointed official in the executive or legislative branch of state government and all employees of the legislative branch.
-The measure would prohibit candidates from spending campaign contributions for personal benefit, require agency heads to avoid an appearance of bias in quasi-judicial proceedings, and prohibit foreign entities from making contributions or expenditures in connection with elections.
-The measure would create an ethics commission of five members appointed by the Governor, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the Senate. The measure would give the commission authority to adopt rules related to transparency, corruption, elections, and lobbying, and to investigate any alleged violation of the article of the constitution, related statutes, and the commission's rules. The measure would require the Legislative Assembly to appropriate funds to the commission.

Measure Text

This initiated measure would add a new article to the North Dakota Constitution establishing a North Dakota ethics commission. The commission, using funds provided by the legislature, would be responsible for adopting rules related to corruption, elections, and lobbying and for reporting and investigating alleged violations of those rules and related state laws. The measure would provide for prohibitions for lobbyists related to gift giving and delivery of campaign contributions and prohibitions for public officials against lobbying, use of campaign contributions, and conflicts of interest in certain proceedings. The measure would direct the legislative assembly to enact laws that require electronically accessible public disclosure of the source of funds spent (in any medium and in an amount greater than two hundred dollars) to influence statewide and legislative elections and statewide ballot measures or to lobby or otherwise influence state government action. In a conflict between this article and any other provision in the North Dakota Constitution, the provisions of this article would control.

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