A group of activists have filed petitions with the Secretary of State’s office to refer three pieces of legislation passed during the 2019 session to the ballot.

A referendum, for the uninitiated, is distinct from your typical ballot measure. What we typically talk about are initiated measures, which are petition-driven efforts to create new laws at the ballot box. A referendum is a sort of veto, where a piece of law passed through the regular legislative process is referred to the ballot for an up or down vote.

Here are the three petitions the activists, led by Riley Kuntz of Dickinson, filed today. Remember that a referendum doesn’t have to put an entire bill on the ballot. The state constitution allows for a line-item referendum...

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