April 22, 2021 •
North Dakota Passes Bill Amending the Procedure for Lobbyist Penalties
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 makes previously mandatory penalties optional, but the lobbyist license revocation penalty for a second violation becomes mandatory if the secretary of state is notified of the violation by the Ethics Commission, a state’s attorney, or a court.
The bill also amends the North Dakota Election Code regarding campaign contribution reporting to give the secretary of state authority to audit reports if there is substantial reason to believe there are any violations.
The bill is effective immediately.
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