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STENEHJEM JOINS FELLOW ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN CONTINUING FIGHT TO STOP ILLEGAL ROBOCALLS AND SPOOFING

October 9, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General calling on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls being made to unsuspecting consumers in North Dakota and across the country.

HOVLAND UPHOLDS NORTH DAKOTA CORPORATE FARMING LAW

September 21, 2018

Earlier today, US District Court Judge Daniel Hovland upheld North Dakota’s Corporate Farming Law. The order comes as a result of a lawsuit filed in August 2016 by the North Dakota Farm Bureau and several farmers, who claimed the Corporate Farming Law was unconstitutional.

FREE CREDIT FREEZES BEGINNING FRIDAY

September 18, 2018

Changes in federal law that take effect on Friday this week will make it even easier to protect consumers’ credit from identity theft, announced Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Beginning September 21, 2018, placing a security freeze on a credit file is free.

NORTH DAKOTA SEEING SURGE OF “THREATENING MESSAGE” SCAM CALLS

September 13, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds North Dakota residents to ignore any telephone message that threatens them with arrest. These recorded messages are a scam.

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SAFETY DISCUSSION DID NOT VIOLATE LAW

October 11, 2018

The City of Mylo did not hold any meetings that required public notice. The mayor’s discussion with the Sheriff and State Highway Patrol to discuss safety issues did not involve the city council and was not subject to the open meetings law.

USING TEXT MESSAGES TO CONDUCT BUSINESS VIOLATED LAW

October 11, 2018

The Divide County Ambulance District Board of Directors violated the law when it failed to properly notice its annual meeting or the business meeting that followed. The Board’s practice of using text messaging and emails to conduct business and take final action also violates the law. Regardless of the use of technology, discussions among board members about public business are meetings, and are subject to the open meeting law requirements.

CONTRACT DISCUSSIONS NOT PROTECTED BY LAW

October 11, 2018

The Williston School Board violated the law when it held an executive session to hold general discussions regarding final candidates for the Superintendent position, and violated the law when the board reached a consensus in the closed meeting. Even when an executive session is authorized, any final action, including a “consensus,” must be taken in the public portion of the meeting.

FREE SPEECH BUFFER ZONE AT POLLING PLACE

August 7, 2018

In order to protect voters from being approached from solicitation for sale or gathering of signatures, the statutory 100 feet free speech buffer zone may be measured from outside any entrance leading into a polling place.