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LEGISLATIVE LIMITS ON STATE AUDITOR’S AUTHORITY LIKELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

June 28, 2019

Section 3 of Senate Bill 2004, which requires the State Auditor to obtain approval from a legislative committee before conducting audits, likely violates the separation of powers doctrine and would be found unconstitutional by a court.


STATEWIDE CRIME STATISTICS RELEASED

June 27, 2019

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today released North Dakota’s crime statistics for 2018. The Crime Report is compiled from information reported by local law enforcement agencies across the state.


PERMIT REQUIRED TO PERFORM REAL ESTATE APPRAISALS

June 26, 2019

State law requires a real estate appraiser to have a permit to perform appraisals. 


STENEHJEM STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO 8TH CIRCUIT DECISION

June 13, 2019

In an opinion issued today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed the preliminary injunction blocking the proposed acquisition of Mid Dakota Clinic by Sanford Health, which injunction was issued by the US District Court in the antitrust case brought by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and the Federal Trade Commission on June 11, 2017.


INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION DID NOT VIOLATE OPEN RECORDS LAW

May 24, 2019

The Industrial Commission did not violate the open records law by withholding records in an application because those records had previously been designated as confidential.


CITY AUTHORITY TO ENACT ORDINANCES SIMILAR TO STATE CRIMINAL LAW

May 14, 2019

A city may not enact an ordinance similar to or identical to a state criminal law unless given specific statutory authority to regulate that area.


FALLEN OFFICERS REMEMBERED DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

May 14, 2019

On Wednesday May 15, 2019, the state's annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck, beginning at 1:00 pm.


DISCUSSIONS NOT SUBJECT TO MEETING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

May 13, 2019

The city of Napoleon did not violate the law because the discussions by the mayor and two council members were not subject to open meetings requirements.


STENEHJEM AND ATTORNEYS GENERAL NATIONWIDE URGE CONGRESS TO PASS SAFE BANKING ACT

May 9, 2019

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem co-sponsored a bipartisan effort involving 38 states and territorial Attorneys General, urging Congress to pass the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595) and give legal marijuana-related businesses access to the federal banking system. 


RESPONSE REQUIRED EVEN IF NO RECORDS EXIST

May 3, 2019

The City of Mandan did not have any records but failed to inform the requester within a reasonable time that no records existed.