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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.


SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

May 17, 2018

In addition to the regular meeting requirements, notice of a special meeting must be provided to the official newspaper. The New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board did not properly comply with the law because it failed to provide notice of a special meeting to the official newspaper.


CONSENSUS DECISION MADE DURING EXECUTIVE SESSION VIOLATED LAW

May 17, 2018

The West Fargo School Board violated the open meetings law when it took final action during an executive session. A consensus decision is the same as taking a vote, which should be done during the open portion of the meeting.


SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA REQUIREMENTS

May 17, 2018

The Beulah School Board violated the law when it included the vague topic “additions to the agenda” on a special meeting notice. For special meetings, only specific topics listed in the meeting notice may be discussed. The school board also failed to comply with other open meeting requirements for special meetings.


NORTH DAKOTA SUES PURDUE PHARMA FOR DECEPTIVE PROMOTION OF OPIOIDS

May 15, 2018

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced today that he has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation’s leading manufacturer of prescription opioids such as OxyContin.


FALLEN OFFICERS REMEMBERED DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

May 14, 2018

On Wednesday May 16, 2018, the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held on the State Capitol grounds in Bismarck beginning at 1:30 pm