North Dakota Legislature: Bills on electronic petition signatures, front license plates getting a look

Photo by: North Dakota Legislative Branch
Photo by: North Dakota Legislative Branch

(Bismarck, ND) -- A pair of bills splitting North Dakotan's opinions are getting looks in Bismarck as the Legislative Session continues.

A resolution is being proposed that would allow electronic signatures on ballot measure petitions.

Supporters say the resolution is a compromise where the Secretary of State would set up an online petition signature gathering system. Opponents, including the League of Women Voters of North Dakota, say it's an attack on the constitution's powers and makes unnecessary and unjustified changes. If passed, the measure would take effect in 2026.

Meanwhile, the North Dakota House is reconsidering the state's front license plate requirement.

Supporters say the front license plate is redundant and requires some drivers to drill holes in their bumpers to put the plate on. Several law enforcement agencies are speaking out against the bill, saying removing front plates will make it more difficult to report criminal behavior.

The legislation has been introduced several times in the past.