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

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

Wayne Stenehjem at the North Dakota Capitol on Oct. 27, 2016. (Sam Easter/Forum News Service)

Sean Foss: AG Stenehjem’s Recent Performance Illustrates Need for Independent Counsel on Open Records/Meetings Opinions

On October 27, 2017, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an Open Records and Meetings opinion regarding a recent visit to North Dakota by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. During a meeting on the NDSU campus that was closed to the public but included both Governor Doug Burgum and Attorney General Stenehjem, Pruitt discussed the controversial Waters

Lynn Helms, state director of department of mineral resources, talks about North Dakota's oil production Monday, July 19, 2010, at his office in Bismarck.

Accusations About Oil Regulators Destroying Records Are Political Baloney

A recent news article credulously reported the claims of a Bismarck attorney who is accusing the Department of Mineral Resources of deleting public records. That’s a serious accusation. Destroying or otherwise inhibiting the public’s access to public records is a crime, one possibly as serious as a felony depending on the circumstances. But as I

State Senator Diane Larson (R-Bismarck) speaks in favor of SB2152.

Video: Senate Passes Bill Closing Down Some Public Access to Job Applicant Information

Earlier today former Governor Ed Schafer wrote a post for SAB about SB2152. He’s in favor of it, arguing that North Dakota will get more and better applications for public jobs if we don’t make those applications a public record until the final hiring round. Today the state Senate voted in favor of it as

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum delivers his first public address by way of a video posted on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Media Don’t Care About Your Access So Much as They Care About Their Access

On North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s first day in office he sent out video message to the public by way of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Today the Associated Press published a gripe about politicians who use social media to bypass journalists and control their message, and they cite Burgum’s video message as an

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

University System Should Get Open Records Exemption for President Applications

Over the years of writing this blog I developed something of a reputation as a strong supporter of open records and open meetings. So when the North Dakota University System – an organization with an unfortunate history of violating our state’s transparency laws – began making noises about getting an exemption from the state’s open

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University System Attempt To Keep Withdrawn UND President Applicants A Secret Backfires

Last week we learned that the North Dakota University System had received 40 applications for the position as the next president of the University of North Dakota, but noted somewhat forcefully by the NDUS was three of the applicants had withdrawn due to the state’s open records laws. The NDUS didn’t identify who these people

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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