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MEETING NOTICES MUST BE PROPERLY POSTED

July 2, 2019

The Linton Industrial Development Corporation violated the law because it failed to provide proper public notice of its meeting. Notices must be publicly posted at the same time the governing body is notified, and must be posted on the entity’s website or filed with the auditor.


BELCOURT SCHOOL DISTRICT DID NOT VIOLATE LAW

July 2, 2019

The Belcourt School District #7 did not violate the open meetings law when each board member individually filled out an evaluation of the superintendent’s job performance; because the board members did not receive input from any other member, such action did not involve a quorum.


BOARD MEMBER CONVERSATIONS

July 1, 2019

The Beulah Public School did not violate the open meetings laws when three board members separately contacted the Superintendent with questions about an audit, because the discussions did not involve a quorum.


LEGISLATIVE LIMITS ON STATE AUDITOR’S AUTHORITY LIKELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

June 28, 2019

Section 3 of Senate Bill 2004, which requires the State Auditor to obtain approval from a legislative committee before conducting audits, likely violates the separation of powers doctrine and would be found unconstitutional by a court.


STATEWIDE CRIME STATISTICS RELEASED

June 27, 2019

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today released North Dakota’s crime statistics for 2018. The Crime Report is compiled from information reported by local law enforcement agencies across the state.


PERMIT REQUIRED TO PERFORM REAL ESTATE APPRAISALS

June 26, 2019

State law requires a real estate appraiser to have a permit to perform appraisals. 


STENEHJEM STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO 8TH CIRCUIT DECISION

June 13, 2019

In an opinion issued today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed the preliminary injunction blocking the proposed acquisition of Mid Dakota Clinic by Sanford Health, which injunction was issued by the US District Court in the antitrust case brought by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and the Federal Trade Commission on June 11, 2017.


INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION DID NOT VIOLATE OPEN RECORDS LAW

May 24, 2019

The Industrial Commission did not violate the open records law by withholding records in an application because those records had previously been designated as confidential.


CITY AUTHORITY TO ENACT ORDINANCES SIMILAR TO STATE CRIMINAL LAW

May 14, 2019

A city may not enact an ordinance similar to or identical to a state criminal law unless given specific statutory authority to regulate that area.


FALLEN OFFICERS REMEMBERED DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

May 14, 2019

On Wednesday May 15, 2019, the state's annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck, beginning at 1:00 pm.