News

JAG AND LOTTERY GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

August 1, 2018

The Office of Attorney General is now accepting applications for JAG and Lottery Grant funds for 2019. The Application is on the Grants page. 


STENEHJEM RESPONSE TO ND SUPREME COURT DECISION

July 30, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said, “I am very pleased with today’s decision, particularly the Supreme Court’s recognition of the important principles raised in the cross-petition...."


CONSUMER FRAUD JUDGMENT ISSUED AGAINST DAKOTA POLE BUILDINGS INC.

July 27, 2018

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division sued Matt D. Lano of LaMoure, ND, doing business as Dakota Pole Buildings, Inc., for violations of the consumer fraud and contractor licensing laws. Neither Lano nor his business has ever held a contractor’s license.


NORTH DAKOTA DEMANDS FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR COSTS RELATED TO PIPELINE PROTESTS

July 20, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today filed a claim seeking $38 million from the federal government to reimburse the State of North Dakota for costs related to the protests over the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).


TOWNSHIP HELD SPECIAL MEETING BUT DID NOT POST NOTICE

July 19, 2018

McKenzie Township violated the open meetings law when it held a special meeting but did not provide public notice. The township must amend the minutes to add additional details of the discussions held during the meeting.


FINAL ACTION TAKEN DURING EXECUTIVE SESSION VIOLATED LAW

July 19, 2018

The City of Lincoln violated the law when it took final action during the executive session portion of two special meetings.


EXPIRED RENAISSANCE ZONE DESIGNATION

July 16, 2018

If a city does not apply for an extension of its Renaissance Zone designation, it will expire. Once a Renaissance Zone designation expires, a city may not be approved for a new or reestablished renaissance zone.


RESPONSE REQUIRED EVEN IF REQUESTED RECORDS DO NOT EXIST

July 16, 2018

A public entity is required by law to notify a requester if the requested records do not exist. The City of Sentinel Butte violated the law when it failed to respond to a request for records that it did not possess.


USE OF TEXT MESSAGES FOR MINISTERIAL MATTERS

July 2, 2018

The Kenmare Public School Board’s use of group text messaging for purely ministerial matters, such as setting meeting dates or reminders of upcoming deadlines, did not violate the law. 


JOINT PUBLIC ENTITY MUST POST MEETING NOTICES AT EACH JURISDICTION

July 2, 2018

When an entity serves two public entities, notices of meetings must be posted at each jurisdiction.  The Bismarck-Mandan Mayors’ Committee for People with Disabilities alternates its regular meeting location between the two cities it serves.  The Committee violated the law when it posted notice of its May 2018, meeting only in the city where that meeting would be held.