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NO VIOLATION FOR CITY OF MANDAN

December 10, 2018

The City of Mandan did not violate the law because it promptly responded to a request when it was received.


REQUEST FOR INFORMATION IS NOT A REQUEST FOR A RECORD

December 10, 2018

Although the response sent by the Dakota Center for Independent Living to a vaguely worded request was proper, the delay in responding to the request was unreasonable.


UNINTENTIONAL OMISSION CREATED UNREASONABLE DELAY

December 10, 2018

The Morton-Mandan Public Library Board mistakenly failed to provide a record when responding to several requests from the same individual. The Board provided the record as soon as it recognized the mistake. Although unintentional, the Board’s delay was unreasonable.


MISREAD REQUEST RESULTS IN UNREASONABLE DELAY

December 10, 2018

The Governor’s office misunderstood the scope of a record request, conducting an extensive search that resulted in an unreasonable delay in responding to the request.


QUORUM ATTENDANCE AT WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING

December 10, 2018

The Cass County Commission violated the law when it chose to send a quorum to a meeting at the White House when it knew that meeting would not be open to the public.


ADDITIONAL NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL MEETINGS

November 14, 2018

The TGU School District #60 did not file an annual schedule of upcoming committee meetings, so those committee meetings are special meetings and must comply with the laws governing special meetings. The school district violated the law because it failed to comply with the additional requirements governing special meeting notices.


CONSUMERS WARNED TO BEWARE OF FAKE CHARITIES

November 14, 2018

In the wake of recent national disasters, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem warns consumers to be aware of phony “look alike” charities. The Consumer Protection division recently received a judgment against several phony charities operating in North Dakota.


NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY – Saturday October 27, 2018

October 25, 2018

Saturday October 27, 2018, is National Take Back Day, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds all North Dakota residents that there are more than 160 locations across the state at which they can safely dispose of unused prescription drugs such as pain medications and anti-depressants.


NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED TO HEAD THE BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

October 25, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Deputy Director Lonnie Grabowska as the new Director of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The BCI is a division of the Attorney General’s office. Grabowska takes over from Dallas Carlson, who was confirmed as US Marshal for North Dakota earlier this month.


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.