- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature wants a study of the state’s initiated and referred measure process.

The Senate and the House approved the measure on Monday that creates a 19-member commission to study whether any state law or constitutional provision should be amended. The study also will look at potential limits on out-of-state funding.

That portion was spurred after a California businessman put roughly $2.5 million into a successful North Dakota ballot measure that incorporate victims’ rights provisions into the state constitution.

The process allows citizens to bypass the Legislature and put a proposed law or constitutional amendment directly to voters if enough petition signatures are gathered.

The North Dakota Constitution includes the right of initiative and referendum, which is a process that voters may use to repeal new laws.

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