North Dakota State’s fundraising arm violated open records law, AG says

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the fundraising arm of North Dakota State University violated the state’s open records law.

Stenehjem said in a written opinion issued Monday that the North Dakota State University Development Foundation and Alumni Association violated state law when it refused to release the applications for people seeking to become its next president and CEO.

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Editorial: Your opportunity to reform North Dakota’s sunshine laws

In 1887, the Legislative Assembly of the Dakota Territory commanded that city councils "shall sit with open doors and shall keep a journal of their own proceedings."

Open meetings and open records have been a part of North Dakota law ever since. Now, it's time for an update of those laws—and North Dakota is asking for residents' help. Continue…

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ND attorney general opposes fine for open government violations

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Monday he’s interested in finding ways to boost compliance with North Dakota’s open government laws, but a proposed $500 penalty against repeat violators isn’t the way to go.

Stenehjem testified before the House Judiciary Committee against House Bill 1435, which would impose a $500 penalty on a member of a state governing body who has violated the state’s open records and open meetings laws more than once.

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