The issues of ‘representativeness’

September 25, 2016

By Lloyd Amdahl
The Bismarck Tribune

Measure No. 1 on the November ballot is a constitutional amendment that would require all legislators to live in the districts they represent and, if they move out of the district, they must resign. The proposed amendment is simple and direct but it attempts to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. In the legislative debate over the proposed constitutional amendment, Sen, Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, claimed that the measure was important because of the problems that North Dakota has had over the course of the last many years of legislators not living in their districts for their entire terms.