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Public Meetings Held Out of State Should Be Illegal

Public Meetings Held Out of State Should Be Illegal

Back in 2012 I requested from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office an opinion on open meetings law as it applied to a supposedly public meeting of North Dakota State’s Technology and Research Park which was held in Minneapolis. How in the world can a meeting be open to North Dakotans if it is held hundreds

Governor Doug Burgum speaks as Lt. Governor Brent Sanford looks on. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

In Defense of the Smoky Back Room

The Bismarck Tribune today, in an editorial, blisters Governor Doug Burgum for holding a closed-door meeting with oil and gas industry leaders to talk about pipeline safety. “When Gov. Doug Burgum took office we knew he would take a different approach to government,” the Tribune writes. “Unfortunately, that includes excluding the public from discussions that directly impact

Lawmakers Should Make Regular Public Input a Requirement at Public Meetings

North Dakota’s open records and open meetings laws are very, very good. But one loophole in them is that, while they require that almost all public meetings be open to the public, there is no legal requirement for public involvement in those meetings. In my experience most local governing entities in the state – from

North Dakota’s Local Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Ban Public Input at Open Meetings

North Dakota’s open records and open meetings laws are very, very good. But one loophole in them is that, while they require that almost all public meetings be open to the public, there is no legal requirement for public involvement in those meetings. That loophole has begun to manifest itself in some troubling ways. One

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Can A North Dakota Public Meeting Be Truly Open To The Public If It's Held In Minneapolis?

I’ve got something to confess. After writing multiple posts in opposition to the idea of closing off the first round of university president applicants to open records request I’ve come around on the issue. Interim UND President Ed Schafer has given me an earful on the subject. So did Doug Burgum, who schooled me at

Attorney General: NDSU Development Foundation Hid Negotiations With Former CEO From Public

Yesterday Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion in response to an open meetings complaint filed by myself (and apparently also by Fargo Forum editor Matt Von Pinnon) regarding the resignation of former NDSU Development Foundation CEO Doug Mayo. You can read the complete opinion below, but Stenehjem basically found that the Foundation broke the law

Kudos To Stenehjem For Addressing Open Records Problems

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has a column in the Grand Forks Herald today regarding open records laws and the problems some in our state have with following them. There was a bill before the Legislature earlier this session which would have put in place fines for repeat violators of open records/open meetings laws, but

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Bill Would Allow Attorney General To Fine Repeat Open Records Violators

North Dakota has a problem with repeat violators of the state’s open records and meetings statutes. For instance, the North Dakota University System has violated open records/meetings laws no fewer than 18 times since 2010. The violations are repeated and flagrant. In discussing the matter with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem recently, he told me that

Credit Where It's Due: Dickinson Press Stands Up For The Public's Right To Know

I often get accused of being too negative, of only writing about what’s wrong and not what’s right, so let me take a few moments of your time to applaud some people who are doing the right thing. Earlier this week there was a shooting in the City of Belfield involving a law enforcement officer.

Rod St. Aubyn: North Dakota Transparency Laws Have No Teeth

I read an article on October 24, 2014, in the Fargo Forum about a press conference held by Steve Adair, the chairman of the Measure 5 sponsoring committee, advocating that the Secretary of State should refer a major violation of campaign laws to the Burleigh County state’s attorney for further investigation and possible prosecution.  He

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