Associated Press, Published June 11 2012
ND high court ruling pushes campaign issue to LegislatureBISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court's ruling on illegal campaign spending may push the issue into the Legislature next year.
The court says only local prosecutors can handle cases where someone is accused of using public property or tax money to campaign on a ballot measure.
Lawmakers could change that. Bismarck attorney Lynn Boughey says he'll be "very pleasantly surprised" if the Legislature approves private lawsuits to enforce the law.
Boughey represents supporters of Measure 2 — a constitutional amendment to abolish property taxes. They claimed Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and other officials were illegally campaigning against the measure. The Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit.
Fong says he and other officials weren't breaking the law. He says he'll be watching what the Legislature does in response to the ruling.
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