HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 3047

SECTION 1. AMENDMENT. Section 6 of article IV of the Constitution of North Dakota is amended and reenacted as follows:

Section 6. While serving in the legislative assembly, no member may hold any full-time appointive state office established by this constitution or designated by law. During the term for which elected, no member of the legislative assembly may be appointed to any full-time office which that has been created, or by the legislative assembly. During the term for which elected, no member of the legislative assembly may be appointed to any full-time office for which the compensation has been increased, by the legislative assembly during that term has increased the compensation in an amount greater than the general rate of increase provided to full-time state employees.

Kibler Brief Position Statement:

Measure 1 makes common sense in that it eliminates possible conflicts of interest on the part of state legislators. In short, legislators cannot benefit from legislative decisions they know about, or from legislative decisions in which they may have taken part, as relates to employment appointments by the state government. In short, a legislator cannot jump ship to take an appointed position that pays really well. This measure seems strangely narrow in its scope to have made it on the state ballot, but its point seems fair enough, and the message appears clear enough: legislators cannot be self serving.

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