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Published March 09, 2011, 02:30 PM

ND Lawmakers Target Restriction on Government Jobs

The North Dakota House's Republican majority leader is backing a constitutional amendment that would make it easier for legislators to get appointed to top jobs in state government.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House's Republican majority leader is backing a constitutional amendment that would make it easier for legislators to get appointed to top jobs in state government.

The constitution now says legislators can't take a state appointment if the job's salary has gone up during the legislator's term.

The provision has blocked legislators from being considered for openings for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, tax commissioner and the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Fargo Rep. Al Carlson is sponsoring the amendment. It is getting its first hearing late Wednesday in the House's Constitutional Revision Committee.

It says a legislator won't be eligible for a state appointment only if the job's pay raise has been greater than the raise given to state employees.

Voters defeated a similar amendment in June 2008.

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