- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he has received signed petitions for a proposed statewide ballot measure on parental rights that could go before voters in November.

Advocates of the proposed law giving both parents equal rights and decision-making responsibilities in child custody cases on Monday turned in petitions totaling 13,521 signatures.

Many supporters of the initiated measure are from Walsh County. Voters there passed a similar law in 2012 but state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has challenged the local initiative, saying it usurps state authority.

Jaeger’s office has until July 21 to determine whether the signatures are valid. North Dakota voters would decide the fate of the measure on the Nov. 4 election should Jaeger clear the proposal.

A similar measure failed in 2006.

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Online: www.nd.gov/sos


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