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Associated Press, Published August 19 2010

Jaeger: ND pharmacy measure won't go on ballot

BISMARCK (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger says a voter initiative to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership restrictions won't go on the November ballot.

Jaeger's decision on Thursday opens the way for a possible legal challenge. Supporters of the pharmacy petition can take their case directly to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Backers of the measure say it will give North Dakotans better access to cheaper prescription drugs.

Jaeger first rejected the initiative petition two weeks ago because it didn't list the 25 members of the measure's sponsoring committee.

Initiative supporters asked Jaeger to reconsider, but he said Thursday his original decision stands.

Any legal fight will have to be settled quickly. North Dakota law says Jaeger has to certify the November ballot by Sept. 8.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.