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ALVIN A. JAEGER ‘SECRETARY OF STATE WEBSITE so8.nd gov PHONE (701) 320-2000 EMAIL cosa gow ‘STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA (900 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE DEPT 108, BISMARCK NO 68605-0500 July 12, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Al Jaeger, Secretary of State, (701) 328-2900 CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE SUBMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE BISMARCK, ND — Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced today that a proposed petition to initiate a constitutional measure has been submitted to the Secretary of State's office for review and approval to circulate. The proposed constitutional initiative relates to Creating a new section to Article 1 of the state's constitution related to cannabis Jody Lynn Vetter of Bismarck is the chairperson of the sponsoring committee. Attached is a copy of the proposed petition, which contains a list of the 27 sponsoring committee members, and a time line related to the process. The Secretary of State and Attorney General have five to seven business days to draft a petition title. This short and concise statement must fairly represent the measure and must be included ‘on the petition circulated for the signatures of qualified electors. The petition title will be provided to the sponsoring committee no earlier than Friday, July 19, 2019, nor later than Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Note: For elections in 2020, the filing deadline for petitions is prior to midnight on February 10 for the June 9 election and prior to midnight on July 6 for the November 3 election. Timeline for Constitutional Initiative Creating a new section to Article 1 of the state’s constitution related to cannabis ‘Submitted to the Secretary of State for review and approval for circulation Friday, July 12, 2019 Earliest date the law allows Secretary of State to approve the petition title Friday, July 19, 2019 Latest date by which the Secretary of State must provide the petition title Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Date that Secretary of State supplied Sponsoring ‘Committee with petition ttle for petition along with a listing of corrections for the petition's format To Be Determined Date that Sponsoring Committee retumed petition to Secretary of State for review To Be Determined Date that Secretary of State approved petition for circulation To Be Determined Deadline for submitting petition signatures to the Secretary of State (120 days before the election at which the measure is to appear on the ballot or one year from the date the petition is approved for circulation) ‘One year from date petition was approved for circulation - To Be Determined Number of signatures needed to place measure on ballot, 26,904 Contact person for the sponsoring committee Jody Lynn Vetter Chairperson ‘Sponsoring Committee 24108 Boston Drive Bismarck ND 58504-7418 Cell (701) 400-8078 ALVIN A. JAEGER, ‘SECRETARY OF STATE HOME PAGE www.nd govieoe PHONE (701) 328.2300, FAX (70H) 320-2082 EMAIL sos6@nd.gov SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA 600 EAST BOULEVARD AVENUE DEPT 108 "BISMARCK ND 58805-0500 July 12, 2019 Jody Lynn Vetter Chairperson Sponsoring Committee 2108 Boston Drive Bismarck ND 58504-7418 Dear Ms. Vetter, | hereby acknowledge receipt of your request fo review the format of a petition that will be used to obtain signatures of qualified electors to place a constitutional initiative on the ballot for an upcoming election. It is to create a new section to Article 1 of the state's constitution related to cannabis, According to Section 16.1-01-09 of the North Dakota Century Code (N.D.C.C.), "Upon receipt of a petition to initiate or refer a measure, the secretary of state shall draft a short and concise statement that fairly represents the measure, The statement must be submitted to the attorney general for approval or disapproval.” ‘That section of law further specifies that, "The secretary of state and the attomey general shall complete their review of a petition in not less than five, nor more than seven, business days, excluding Saturdays.” Based on the timeline stipulated in state law, the review cannot be completed earlier than Friday, July 19, 2019, nor later than Tuesday, July 23, 2019 ‘When the review is complete, you will be notified in writing Sincerely, Alvin A. Jaeger Secretary of State Co: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem