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Sharon E. Buhr, Published April 28 2009

ND voters know what they voted for

I’m confused. House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, is trying to totally change Measure 3 so it no longer is what the people in North Dakota voted for. Why?

Carlson claims that North Dakota voters didn’t know that there would be an independent committee in charge of the new tobacco control program. How can that be? The ballot title’s first sentence identifies the committee.

Then he states that these tobacco funds should not be administered by an independent committee. Why not? There are numerous government committees, including the State Water Commission and the Aeronautics Commission, among others, that are very effective.

Measure 3 cannot be implemented until the Senate and House both vote to appropriate the money identified in the bill. The Senate voted

46-0 to do so. We, the voters, are asking the House: “Please appropriate the money for Measure 3 exactly as we voted for it in November.”