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Attorney General: City Violated Open Meetings Law by Holding Council Meeting Out of Town

Attorney General: City Violated Open Meetings Law by Holding Council Meeting Out of Town

Often entities of North Dakota’s government, particularly local governments and committees and agencies, hold meetings far from their usual place of business. I’ve been critical of this practice in the past, such as when a board at North Dakota State University decided to hold an annual meeting in Minneapolis. How can a meeting of a

Former Fargo Park District executive director Joel Vettel

North Dakota’s Public Officials Should Be Required to Record Meetings Even When They’re Closed to the Public

Most of you reading this probably don’t live in Fargo, so you might not much care that the local park board there violated open meetings law, but if you’re a resident of North Dakota you should be paying attention because how this situation is being handled could very well be how some government entity in

Former Fargo parks director Joel Vettel

Attorney General: Fargo Park Board Broke the Law With Meeting at Which Former Director Joel Vettel Resigned

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has concluded that the Fargo Park Board broke open meeting law with too-vague agenda for a meeting at which former parks director Joel Vettel resigned. “The vague topic ‘HR/Staff review’ did not sufficiently describe the specific topic the commmission [sic] clearly knew it would be discussing at the special

The City of Minot

It Should Be Illegal for a City to Hold an “Open Meeting” in Another City

Last year the City of Minot held a “retreat” in the City of Washburn, a town roughly an hour south along Highway 83. This “retreat” was also, supposedly, an open meeting at which public business was discuss. Including a hot-button issue related to the city doubling the cost of building permits for people living in

Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, North Dakota State University.

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

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