State Investment Board Exploring Limits on Members’ Interactions With the Press

MINOT, N.D. — Should members of state boards, including statewide elected officials, be restricted from announcing new ideas to the public?

Should a board member be admonished for inquiring about the job performance, both past, and present, of a consultant?

Apparently, some on North Dakota’s State Investment Board feel the answer to those questions is “yes.” A contentious discussion occurred at the end of a recent SIB meeting, which resulted in a motion to study the board’s governance policy with an eye toward restricting the ability of board members to speak to the press and the public.

Several factors precipitated the move.

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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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