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Senator Accuses House Lawmakers Of "Fouling The Pool" With Records Requests

Senator Accuses House Lawmakers Of "Fouling The Pool" With Records Requests

SB2222 is a bill introduced by Senator Tim Flakoll, a Republican from Fargo and employee of the North Dakota University System. In its original form the bill would have made public records requests from lawmakers made through Legislative Council an open record (currently lawmakers enjoy anonymity), and it also would have put a $5,000 cap

Bill To Limit Lawmaker Record Requests Gets Watered Down With Amendment

Originally SB2222, introduced by Senator Tim Flakoll (R-Fargo), would have done two things: Make all legislator requests for records a public record in their own right. Limit legislators to no more than $5,000 worth of requests per biennium unless Legislative Management approves said requests. Requests over that dollar limit not approved by Legislative Management would

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Why Is Fargo Forum Obsessing Over Common Core Request That Never Happened?

Last month Fargo Forum publisher Matt Von Pinnon wrote a column that was little more than a litany of all the open records requests his newspaper has filed. The headline of the column was, “Forum continues to take watchdog role seriously.” Numerous people emailed me links to the column asking the same basic question: Are these

Drama: Democrats Attempt To "Neuter" Civics Bill With Last Minute Floor Amendment

The Senate today took up HB1087, which is the civics testing bill that has received a lot of attention from the media. The bill was fast-tracked through the House (normally the House and Senate don’t exchange bills until crossover at the end of February), and it was pushed through the Senate quickly as well so

Audio: Senator Flakoll Defends Limits On Legislator Records Requests

On Friday last week I interviewed Senator Tim Flakoll (R-Fargo) while guest hosting the Jay Thomas Show regarding SB2222 which, if passed, would do two things: Make all legislator requests for records a public record in their own right. Limit legislators to no more than $5,000 worth of requests per biennium unless Legislative Management approves

Bill Would Limit Lawmaker Access To Open Records

“The Legislature shouldn’t do anything to weaken the state’s open records and open meetings laws,” writes the Bismarck Tribune’s editorial board today. They’re writing about two bills I’ve covered previously. SB2153, introduced by Senator Don Schaible, a Republican, would make public records related to teachers accused of crime off-the-record until the issue is settled in court.

Superintendent Baesler Worried About "Extremist Propaganda" On Common Core?

This morning an anti-Common Core activists forwarded to me an email (see below) obtained through an open records request which shows Superintendent Kirsten Baesler forwarding an email about supposed right-wing extremists opposing Common Core policies to a staffer for Governor Jack Dalrymple (Kayla Effertz) as well as the chairmen of the education committee in the

Are Tuition Subsidies For The Students, Or For The Universities?

State Senator Tim Flakoll, a Republican from District 44 in Fargo, is getting a jump start on the next legislative session which will convene in January. He’s proposing a bill to expand tuition subsidies. “The legislation would expand the number of recipients from about 8,000 to 10,000 and increase the scholarship amount by 3 percent,

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