North Dakota House passes GOP-sponsored ethics bill

February 20, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House has approved a bill that develops rules to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at ethics reform.

Representatives voted 81-9 on Wednesday to approve the bill that was crafted by Republican majority leaders. The endorsement comes one day after the GOP-led Senate unanimously approved a Democratic bill that also seeks to comply with the so-called anti-corruption amendment that has provisions to restrict lobbying and create an independent ethics commission, among other things.

The bills differ greatly in their approach on how to adhere to the wide-ranging measure passed by voters in November.

House Republicans and most lobbyists are supporting the GOP bill. The initiative’s sponsors like the Democratic measure because they say it better reflects the constitutional amendment’s intent.

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