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Associated Press, Published May 01 2012

Religion and taxes: Lawmakers review ND measures

BISMARCK — North Dakota legislative leaders are going over the budget effects of ballot measures on religion and taxes.

The Legislature's Legislative Management Committee is meeting Tuesday about the two initiatives. They are both proposed amendments to the North Dakota Constitution.

Measure 2 on the June primary ballot would abolish property taxes. Measure 3 would make it more difficult for the government to regulate religious practices.

North Dakota's Tax Department has already estimated that local governments will lose more than $800 million each year if property taxes are abolished.

Voters will decide four ballot measures during the June 12 election.

Measure 1 would make it easier for North Dakota legislators to get state government jobs.

Measure 4 decides whether the University of North Dakota has to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.