STATE BALLOT MEASURE
READING THE MEASURE
Edits would be needed, but below serves as an example of text
that could be used for a ballot initiative. Further explanation
can be found here.
HONOR IN OFFICE ACT
To increase honesty, transparency and accountability, a new section
is added to chapter 54-03 of the North Dakota Century Code, which
requires reading the bill, posting it online fourteen days in
advance of the final vote, and through attestations, helps legislators
to keep foremost in their minds their moral and legal obligations
to the people of North Dakota.
FULL TEXT OF THE MEASURE
IF MATERIAL IS UNDERSCORED, IT IS NEW MATERIAL WHICH IS BEING
ADDED. IF MATERIAL IS OVERSTRUCK BY DASHES, THE MATERIAL IS BEING
DELETED. IF MATERIAL IS NOT UNDERSCORED OR OVERSTRUCK, THE MATERIAL
IS EXISTING LAW THAT IS NOT BEING CHANGED.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA:
SECTION 1. A new section is added to chapter 54-03 of
the North Dakota Century Code and is created and enacted as follows:
Honor In Office - Reading the bill - Transparency and accountability
- Citizen input on final version of bills.
1. In order to give citizens the time to provide thoughtful input
which legislators then have an opportunity to review before their
vote, and to also afford legislators the time to read and understand
the final version of the bill, no vote to pass or defeat a bill
shall occur in either the House or the Senate until fourteen days
(including weekends and holidays) after the absolute entirety
of the final version of the bill has been posted in a publicly
accessible fashion, on the Internet, continuously, up through
the point the vote is completed. Any alterations, revisions, additions
or deletions to the bill, during this fourteen day public review
period, require a reposting and restart of the review period.
This requirement shall not apply to dire emergencies involving
state security or natural catastrophes for which immediate action
is required to prevent further loss of life. (explained
here and explained
2. No member of the legislative assembly shall vote in favor
of the passage of any bill by either house unless such member
certifies that he or she has fully read and understood the contents
of such bill. Prior to voting in favor of the passage of any bill,
each member of the legislative assembly who intends to vote in
favor of such bill shall execute a written statement in the following
language and form:
"I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that I, personally,
have read [INSERT BILL NUMBER] in its entirety, and that I have
taken the steps to understand the entire contents of this bill
and its ramifications to the best of my ability."
A vote in favor of the passage of a bill shall not be counted
unless it is determined that the member casting such vote has
executed this writing. This certification requirement shall not
apply to committee votes. (explained
3. Prior to voting on any bill, each member of the legislative
assembly who intends to vote shall execute a written statement
in the following language and form:
"I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that I have not committed
any act in violation of Sections 9 of Article IV of the North
Dakota Constitution, in connection with [INSERT BILL NUMBER].
I further certify under penalty of perjury that, to the best of
my knowledge, my vote on [INSERT BILL NUMBER] has not been influenced
by any act taken by myself or by any person upon me in violation
of North Dakota Century Code chapters 12.1-12 and 54-05.1."
A vote shall not be counted unless it is determined that the
member casting such vote has executed this writing. This certification
requirement shall not apply to committee votes. (explained
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