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The North Dakota Ethics Commission has proposed a limited food and drink exception to the rules banning gifts between lobbyists and public officials implemented last year. The proposed rule change adds an exception for food or beverage with a value […]

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill amending the State Government Ethics Act to transfer authority to assess penalties for lobbyist gift and campaign contribution violations from the secretary of state to the Ethics Commission. House Bill 1295 also […]

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North Dakota Rep. Keith Kempenich is sponsoring a bill to add reimbursement for meals to the compensation received by lawmakers who live outside Bismarck. The bill is being proposed just as the lobbyist gift ban approved by voters in 2018 […]

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The North Dakota Legislature convened January 5 for the 2021 session with improvements to live streaming and remote technology, making remote testimony by the public possible. Committee meetings and floor sessions will be carried live. House and Senate floor sessions […]

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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion confirming the Ethics Commission is constitutionally authorized to create a rule expanding the definitions for “lobby” and “lobbyist” for purposes of the new gift rules. The opinion was issued in response to a […]

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The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Gov. Doug Burgum does not have the statutory or constitutional authority to appoint a replacement for a state House seat won by a candidate who died before the election. David Andahl died on Oct. […]

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Voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have required approval of the legislature or voter approval twice for all initiated ballot measures. The amendment needed a simple majority of votes to pass. As of Wednesday morning, with 91% of votes […]

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Voters defeated a constitutional amendment changing the membership and meeting requirements of the state board of higher education. The failure of the measure keeps the number of individuals who serve on the state board of higher education at eight and […]

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Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Burgum easily won reelection in North Dakota. As of Wednesday morning, with 86% of votes counted, Burgum prevailed over Democratic candidate Shelley Lenz by roughly 42 percentage points. Additionally, Libertarian candidate DuWayne Hendrickson collected about 4 […]

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The North Dakota Supreme Court granted a writ of injunction to keep Measure 3 off the ballot. In a unanimous ruling, the justices enjoined Secretary of State Al Jaeger from placing the initiated measure on the ballot. The measure seeks […]

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The North Dakota Ethics Commission announced it will hold a public hearing to address proposed rules. The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. on September 15. The proposed rules implement Article XIV of the North Dakota Constitution relating to […]

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North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed a third measure to be on the November ballot. Measure 3, a constitutional amendment put forth by Fargo-based North Dakota Voters First, makes several changes to election procedures. This amendment creates paper […]

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The Office of the North Dakota Secretary of State approved a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment will make several changes to election procedures, and make the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures. The Legislature is […]

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The North Dakota Ethics Commission website is now live. The website, ethicscommission.nd.gov, includes board information, meeting minutes, and complaint forms. At a recent meeting, the five-member board also discussed reconciling perceived conflicts in constitutional and statutory language related to commission […]

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