Task force mulls changes in North Dakota’s open records laws

A task force looking at possible changes to North Dakota’s open records laws is considering whether the attorney general should be able to penalize government agencies that hold illegal private meetings or don’t share records.

The group of lawyers, newspaper editors and law officers is formulating draft legislation to be considered by lawmakers next year, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/29EwmsO ) reported. The task force is seeking to update laws for the digital age and deal with some controversial open records issues, such as allowing correspondence between legislators and correspondence between legislators and applicants for major posts at public universities to be open records. Continue…