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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment in NORTH DAKOTA to explicitly bar non-U.S. citizens from voting in the state’s elections have submitted more than 35,000 signatures, well over the 27,000 required, to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Although the state’s Constitution already defines a voter as a U.S. citizen, Gary Emineth, the Republican businessman and state Senate candidate who turned in the signatures, said that wording is “ambiguous,” and the amendment would both clarify the prohibition against non-citizen voting and “embed” it in the constitution. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Last week, seven of the 13 members of the Washington D.C. Council backed the repeal of a ballot measure, passed by the District’s voters in June (Initiative 77), barring businesses from counting tips earned by employees toward the minimum hourly wage they’re required to pay them, which is currently $13.25. The council has repealed voter-approved initiatives at least four times in recent decades, including a measure tightening campaign-contribution limits in 1996 and a measure imposing term limits in 2001. (WASHINGTON POST)
A group called Insure the Good Life has submitted over 135,000 signatures - about 60 percent more than the number required - to qualify a ballot measure for NEBRASKA’s November ballot to expand Medicaid coverage to about 90,000 low-income residents. Legislative efforts to expand Medicaid have failed six years in a row, with stiff opposition coming from current Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and former Gov. Dave Heineman (R). (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD)
-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK