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Published June 12, 2012, 10:29 PM

Voters Make it Easier to Land ND Government Jobs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have approved a change to the state constitution to make it easier for state legislators to land state government appointments.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have approved a change to the state constitution to make it easier for state legislators to land state government appointments.

The North Dakota Legislature voted last year to put the measure on the ballot. Voters rejected a similar proposal in June 2008.

North Dakota's constitution now bars lawmakers from accepting state appointments if the job's pay has increased during the legislator's term.

The change would allow a legislator to take a state job if the pay went up — as long as the increase wasn't beyond what the Legislature gave to state workers.

In recent years, the state constitution's current language has blocked legislators from being considered for appointments for tax commissioner, public service commissioner and the North Dakota Supreme Court.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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