Hey Politicians, You Can’t Get Got if You’re Transparent

The North Dakota Information Technology Department rents an 85,000-square-foot office building in north Bismarck. (Adam Willis / Forum News Service)

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s legislative session may be over, but the work of the Legislature goes on.

Last week members of Legislative Management, a powerful committee that guides much of the business of the Legislature during the interim, went about selecting policy topics to study before the next session. Many bills are passed to study issues during any given session, but not all of them actually get studied.

This time around they chose 50 studies and rejected about 20.

Perhaps the most interesting? “Among the studies will be an examination of the amount, cost and occupancy of office space leased by the state since the beginning of 2018,” Jeremy Turley reports.

This is a timely study. An 85,000 square foot office building, which North Dakota’s taxpayers leased for about $3 million, is sitting largely empty because most of the people in the state’s Information Technology Department have been working from home.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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