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FARGO PARK DISTRICT VIOLATED OPEN MEETINGS LAW

August 14, 2019

The Fargo Park District violated the law because the meeting notice for a special meeting of its Board of Commissioners did not sufficiently describe the specific topic the commission clearly knew it would be discussing.


ATTORNEYS GENERAL SECURE $600 MILLION FROM EQUIFAX IN SETTLEMENT OF LARGEST DATA BREACH IN HISTORY

July 22, 2019

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today announced that a national coalition of Attorneys General has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into a massive 2017 data breach.


SPECIAL MEETINGS HAVE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

July 19, 2019

The City of Surrey violated the open meetings law when it failed to provide notice of its special meetings to the official newspaper.


PUBLIC ENTITY MUST STATE LEGAL AUTHORITY FOR DENYING RECORD

July 19, 2019

A public entity must provide the legal authority for denying all or part of a request for records. The Belcourt School District violated the law by failing to provide the legal authority for a record it withheld.


ND FILES SUIT TO RECOVER COSTS RELATED TO DAPL PIPELINE PROTESTS

July 18, 2019

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is today filing a lawsuit in federal court in Bismarck, seeking to hold the federal government accountable for $38 million in costs expended by the State related to unlawful conduct that occurred during the protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


ALTHOUGH UNINTENTIONAL, DELAY WAS UNREASONABLE

July 18, 2019

Mandan Police Department overlooked a record request in a stack of papers, responding only after being contacted by this office. Although the delay was unintentional, it was unreasonable.


PRIVATE CITIZEN ORGANIZATION NOT AGENT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT

July 18, 2019

Because a private citizen organization was not managed, supervised or overseen by the Dickinson School District, the district did not have an obligation to obtain records from the organization in response to a request for records.


NORTH DAKOTA FILES PETITION SEEKING TO OVERTURN WASHINGTON STATE LAW

July 17, 2019

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced today that North Dakota has filed a petition with the US Department of Transportation seeking to overturn a recently passed Washington State law. 


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.