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Published March 30, 2011, 07:40 PM

ND House Votes on Constitutional Amendments

Summaries of the North Dakota House's votes Wednesday on 11 proposed constitutional amendments. Votes are in parentheses. The approved amendments go to the state Senate for additional review.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Summaries of the North Dakota House's votes Wednesday on 11 proposed constitutional amendments. Votes are in parentheses. The approved amendments go to the state Senate for additional review.

APPROVED

HCR3009: Requires executive branch officials to take an oath of office. (88-4)

HCR3018: Limits the growth of the "foundation aid stabilization fund," which provides a cushion in case of state aid reductions to local schools, and requires that any excess revenue be transferred to a state trust fund that benefits schools. (91-1)

HCR3046: Abolishes the state Board of Higher Education. Eliminates the state superintendent of public instruction as a statewide elected officeholder. Establishes a new Department of Education, with its director appointed by the governor. Sets up an 11-member board to advise the education director. (52-40)

HCR3047: Makes a state legislator eligible for a North Dakota government appointment if the pay for the job has not risen more than the general pay increase given to state workers. (87-5)

DEFEATED

HCR3014: Says North Dakotans may not be required to buy health insurance, and guarantees the right to buy health care services directly. (54-39)

HCR3023: Requires 60 percent approval in the North Dakota House and Senate for the Legislature to raise sales, income or motor vehicle excise taxes. (57-35)

HCR3035: Allows the Legislature to approve payments of surplus tax collections to taxpayers. (65-27)

HCR3042: Requires a state House or Senate election in each legislative district every two years. Only about half of North Dakota's 47 legislative districts now have elections every two years, because House and Senate members are both elected to four-year terms. (75-16)

HCR3049: Increases the number of days the Legislature may meet every two years from 80 to 100. (73-20)

HCR3050: Allows the state Board of University and School Lands to trade with private landowners the right to explore for oil, coal or other minerals beneath state lands. (69-23)

HCR3051: Allows the Legislature to ask for a second election for a citizen initiative that has been approved by voters. (78-14)

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