Taking a closer look at North Dakota Measure 1Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When you go to the polls a week from tomorrow you'll be voting on 4 statewide measures. Three are well known: the Fighting Sioux nickname, property taxes and religious freedom. Least talked about is North Dakota Measure 1.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When you go to the polls a week from tomorrow you'll be voting on 4 statewide measures. Three are well known: the Fighting Sioux nickname, property taxes and religious freedom. Least talked about is North Dakota Measure 1.
Rob: “We are just asking people today if they have heard of Measure 1 on the North Dakota Ballot next week.”
Interviewee 1: “No I haven't heard anything.”
Interviewee 2: “I haven't, no.”
Interviewee 3: “No.”
Interviewee 4: “Drawing a blank.”
Interviewee 5: “Umm, no.”
Interviewee 6: “No I have not heard of it. I
Interviewee 7: “I have not either.”
Interviewee 8: “No I have not.”
Interviewee 9: “I have not either, sorry.”
There are plenty of signs for and against Measures 2 and 3, and Measure 4 is the Fighting Sioux nickname, but you'll find no yard signs for Measure one.
Currently the North Dakota Constitution forbids a legislator from being appointed to a fulltime position within state government. A yes vote on measure 1 would reverse that.
Kim Koppelman – (R) North Dakota District 13: “Measure 1 has been called the quiet amendment.”
State Representative Kim Koppelman was one of the sponsors of the bill and thinks that Measure 1 is a good update with some safeguards.
Kim Koppelman: “You know, the framers of the constitution clearly intended legislators to be potentially appointed to their positions in government and they often were. Many people that serve in state government were once legislators but the framers of the constitution also wanted to make sure that they had a safe guard against corruption because the legislature sets pay for all these positions.”
If measure 1 passes Legislators could be appointed to positions like the public service commission, which will have at least one vacancy this year. Tony Clark is leaving the public for a federal job and Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer are facing off in a Republican Primary for Congress, which means one of them could also be leaving depending on the vote in November.
The vote to put Measure 1 on the ballot passed both houses by big margins. Some voting against it thought there weren't enough safe guards.