BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- People who want to change North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law have successfully pushed the matter to a public vote.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office has verified that submitted petitions have enough valid signatures to put the proposed measure on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Jaeger says supporters collected 22,758 valid signatures, well more than the required 13,452.
The proposed measure would change a requirement in North Dakota law that says majority ownership in pharmacies in the state must be held by a registered pharmacist. That could open the door for big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart to operate pharmacies in the state.
A similar petition drive failed in 2010, a year after the 2009 Legislature defeated a bill that would have repealed the pharmacy ownership requirement.