Attorneys say ND, MN transparency laws need digital revamp

Freedom-of-information advocates say the open records laws in Minnesota and North Dakota are strong but need updating to address ambiguities concerning digital records, such as audio, video, emails and texts, which government officials are using more and more.
“I think that North Dakota still has one of the finest open record and open meeting laws in the country,” said attorney Jack McDonald, who lobbies for the North Dakota Newspaper Association. But “there are a few glitches, here and there, that need to be worked out.”
McDonald said that in the coming years, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem plans to form a task force of police, city and county officials, as well as news people, to review the state’s open records law in light of the increasing prevalence of digital technology. Continue>>>