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DISCUSSIONS DURING SPECIAL MEETINGS

July 7, 2020

The Williams County School District #8 and Williston School District #1 did not violate the open meetings laws because the discussions during special meetings were within the context of the posted agenda items.


ANNUAL CRIME REPORT RELEASED

June 23, 2020

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today released the annual Crime Report detailing crime statistics for 2019. The report is compiled from information reported by local law enforcement agencies across the state.


STENEHJEM REQUIRES UNLICENSED STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF COMPANY TO PROVIDE REFUNDS

June 11, 2020

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ordered Students Loan Services LLC to issue refunds to North Dakota consumers and to cease doing business in North Dakota until the company is in full compliance with the state’s licensing law.


COUNTY MAY CONTRACT WITH STATE PENITENTIARY TO HOUSE PRETRIAL DETAINEE

June 10, 2020

State law provides authority for a county correctional facility to contract with the ND DOCR to house a pretrial detainee who has unique medical needs.


A POLITICAL PARTY MAY NOT FOREGO THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OF THE PRIMARY ELECTION

June 8, 2020

Current law does not provide a mechanism for a political party to forego the primary election and place its candidate directly on the election ballot.


FRAUDULENT CONTRACTORS BANNED IN NORTH DAKOTA

June 5, 2020

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued two Cease & Desist Orders against fraudulent business operators who violated the state’s consumer fraud and licensing laws. 


BOGUS WORK AT HOME ONLINE JOB OFFER USES BISMARCK ADDRESS

May 21, 2020

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem warns that scam artists are taking advantage of the current unemployment crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic to create bogus websites offering phony “work from home” opportunities.


DISCUSSION DURING SPECIAL MEETING RELATED TO TOPIC LISTED ON AGENDA

May 20, 2020

The Williams County School Board #8 did not violate the law when a board member made a suggestion about an alternate option during the discussion of a properly noticed agenda item, because the suggestion was related to and within the scope of the topic listed on the agenda.


STUDENT ATHLETES MAY RECEIVE MATCHED FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS BASED ON ACADEMIC MERITS

May 18, 2020

Higher Education Challenge Grant matching funds may indirectly benefit athletics; students who are also athletes may receive eligible scholarships so long as the basis for the scholarship is academic rather than athletic.


DISCUSSION OF PERSONNEL MATTERS

May 18, 2020

The city of Napoleon properly noticed its meeting, but then violated the law when it discussed personnel matters during an executive session. A public entity may not hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters even though it might be uncomfortable to discuss an employee’s job performance, evaluation, or termination at an open meeting