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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.


STATEWIDE CRIME STATISTICS RELEASED

June 25, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today released North Dakota’s crime statistics for 2017. “Overall crime ticked up only slightly last year with a point-four percent increase. The area of greatest concern, however, continues to be the increase in drug arrests, which went up again last year by four-point-four percent,” said Stenehjem.


STATEMENT ON US SUPREME COURT RULING ON SALES TAX

June 21, 2018

"This is a victory for North Dakota’s brick and mortar retailers who have had to compete with online retailers that don’t collect sales or use taxes from their customers," Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.


LOCALLY FUNDED UNIVERSITY SYSTEM CAPITAL PROJECTS

June 14, 2018

The Board of Higher Education has control over its institutions’ local funds. Legislative approval or appropriation is not needed for university system capital projects fully funded by local funds.


FAKE IRS SCAM CALL MADE TO GOVERNOR BURGUM

June 5, 2018

Scam artists left a recorded message for Governor Burgum yesterday evening. The Governor recognized the message as a “Fake IRS” scam call and his staff notified the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division.


CITY VIOLATED LAW BY USING TEXT MESSAGES AND EMAIL

May 17, 2018

The Wildrose City Council violated the open meetings laws when its members used text messages and emails to communicate among themselves about city business and to approve final action, because such discussions are required to be conducted in a properly noticed public meeting.