Print Column: North Dakota’s New Ethics Regulations May Make Politics Less Transparent


MINOT, N.D. — Recently, a couple of dozen North Dakota lawmakers took a trip to Nashville which cost taxpayers nearly $90,000.

The occasion was a summit put on by the National Conference of State Legislatures, an organization our state legislature belongs to (annual dues were $129,770 this year).

The trip itself is not exactly news. These trips have happened in the past and come under criticism.

Voters don’t seem to care much about them.

This particular trip is interesting because it may be the last one like it.

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