Article XIV of the state Constitution is designed to change state government to better respond to voters, not wealthy special interests; to reveal who is spending money to influence our elections; and to define ethical behavior and hold public officials accountable for it. In other words, North Dakota voters aimed to change the course of history when they soundly endorsed Article XIV on November 6, 2018 .
Now the real work of making those changes begins. Do not sit back and expect change to happen on its own. It's our government. Own it.
Impact How Article XIV Translates to State Law
During 2019-2020, the legislature's interim Judiciary Committee will write laws to define what Article XIV will mean 'in real life.' They need to know that people expect them to do so faithfully, not twisting it to benefit themselves like they did in the 2019 legislative session. Some may need to be reminded that the voters put Article XIV in the Constitution, and they have taken an oath to uphold, not undermine it. The committee's purpose, members, scheduled meetings, and agendas may be found here.
* Send a powerful message about your support for trustworthy government by attending Judiciary Committee meetings. The next one is September 25 at 9:00 in the Roughrider Room of the State Capitol. Talk with members during breaks, especially if one of them represents your district. Get to know them and explain why trustworthy government is important to you.
* Follow and respond to news stories about their work. Give them feedback directly, write a letter to the editor, tell your friends how it's going.
Impact How Ethics Works in State Government
After an extended member-selection process, the new state Ethics Commission members will take office on September 1, 2019. The Ethics Commission must organize itself, hire staff, establish policies and procedures, and other functional steps at the outset. It also must conduct its work by establishing ethics rules and investigating alleged ethical concerns. Find their purpose, members, and (eventually) office contact information here.
*Contact each member (here) to thank them for their willingness to serve. The Commission's workload this year is exceptionally heavy, and they are likely to spend a good deal of time on it. What they do shapes the meaning and enforcement of ethical conduct in state government. The future of trustworthy government in North Dakota is in their hands.
*Attend their meetings. Sign up to receive email notifications of their meetings here. Their first meeting will start at 1:00 on Thursday, September 12 and continue starting at 10:00 on Friday, September 13. Both meetings are in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the North Dakota Heritage Center.
Thank you for your on-going support for trustworthy, citizen-responsive state government!
We need you. North Dakotans for Public Integrity collected over 38,000 signatures to pass Measure 1 by 54 percent and institute Article XIV. Now it's up to us to keep up the pressure on lawmakers!
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Who We Are
North Dakotans for Public Integrity is your source for information and action recommendations on making North Dakota state government more transparent and accountable, with greater integrity and responsiveness to citizens. We are a small group of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Libertarians who came together to promote integrity and accountability in government. We invested thousands of volunteer hours over nearly two years to bring "Measure 1" to voters on November 6, 2018. With approval from 54 percent of voters in 66 percent of legislative districts, the people added Article XIV to the state Constitution
Article XIV has a section on transparency of spending to influence elections and government action, a section that significantly curbs the influence of money on public officials in the executive and legislative branches, and a section that creates the state's first Ethics Commission.
We Need You
We have a right to know who's spending money to influence our elections, and we deserve to know that our lawmakers are making decisions based on what's best for voters, not just the well connected and powerful.
Big businesses are still (and will always be) actively trying to minimize the voice of North Dakotans. After a very ugly series of hearings, the 2019 legislature passed and the governor signed a law with multiple violations of Article XIV. The majority do not want to be accountable for public integrity.
We need you to pay attention to the Article XIV implementation process - attend meetings*, write letters to the editor, call in to talk shows. Support public officials who support Article XIV. Let the others know you will REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER (2020) when they are up for re-election.
Interim Legislative Study Committee on Ethics (summer 2019-fall 2020)
September 25, 9:00-4:00, Roughrider Room, State Capitol
North Dakota Ethics Commission
First Meeting: September 12, 1:00 and September 13, 10:00
Russell Reid Auditorium, North Dakota Heritage Center
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The North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment
Measure 1 increases transparency, roots out conflicts of interest, restricts lobbyist gifts, bans foreign money from elections, prevents personal use of campaign money, closes the revolving door from public official to lobbyist, and holds public officials accountable. Click here to learn more about Measure 1.
Who We Are
Measure 1 is sponsored by North Dakotans for Public Integrity. We are Republican, Democrat, Independent, and Libertarian North Dakotans coming together to promote integrity and accountability in government. After hundreds of hours of research and discussion, Measure 1 represents rock-solid solutions to the good-government issues that are most important to North Dakota citizens.
We Need You
We have a right to know who's spending money to influence our elections, and we deserve to know that our lawmakers are making decisions based on what's best for voters, not just the well-connected and the powerful.
With the help of volunteers like you from across North Dakota, we collected over 38,000 signatures to put the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment on the November 2018 ballot, and now we need YOUR help to get the word out about these important reforms for our state government. Sign up to stay in touch.
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