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Associated Press, Published August 21 2010

North Dakota Supreme Court to hear pharmacy appeal

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether a proposal to end the state’s pharmacy ownership restrictions should go on the November ballot.

The court has scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. on Sept. 1.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger has refused to put the voter initiative on the ballot. He says it doesn’t qualify because the initiative petitions were circulated without a list of the measure’s sponsoring committee.

The committee sued Jaeger on Friday. Attorneys for the initiative say his refusal to put the measure on the ballot gets in the way of the right of North Dakotans to put a measure on the ballot.

The proposal’s backers say it will help lower prescription drug prices in North Dakota.

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