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Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill to designate the capitol's Memorial Hall into state statute with that official name. Jaeger was testifying in front of the the House political subdivisions committee. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Petition format for Sunday closing law repeal approved

BISMARCK — Organizers of an effort to repeal North Dakota's ban on Sunday morning shopping may start collecting signatures after Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Tuesday, July 25, that he had approved the petition's format.

The measure's sponsoring committee will need to submit at least 13,452 valid signatures to place the repeal on the ballot. They'll have nearly a year to do so if they intend to ask voters during the general election in 2018, which committee Chairman Brandon Medenwald previously said was their likely path.

Medenwald and proponents of the repeal in the Legislature have argued the so-called "blue law" that prevents retailers from opening their doors before noon on Sunday is outdated. The state Senate voted down a bill to lift the ban earlier this year.

The petition will be posted online at Vote.ND.gov under "ballot measures," Jaeger's office said.

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