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Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in North Dakota.

Minor Bills

  • House Bill 1121, North Dakota 2011 - This bill would make the actuarial report of the Insurance Commissioner confidential.
  • House Bill 1230, North Dakota 2011 - This bill would allow for the release of change in contact information or address to any domestic violence sexual assault organization.
  • House Bill 1269, North Dakota 2011 - This bill would allow for the release of nonclinical identifying information of persons in regards to firearm possession.
  • House Bill 1396, North Dakota 2011 - This bill would allow a library, archive, or museum to make a donor record exempt for a certain period no longer than 20 years if requested by a donor as a stipulation for donation.
  • House Bill 1448, North Dakota 2011 - This bill would prohibit any agency who is being audited from disclosing any record to a consultant that is otherwise prohibited under law.


See also: North Dakota Open Records Statute

House Bill 1220[1] was endorsed by the House Judiciary Committee on January 20, 2009. The bill seeks to change North Dakota's open meetings law to permit local governing bodies to gather during times of emergency without prior issuance of notice. An amendment to the bill specifies that "public officials would be restricted to matters regarding the disaster, and could not conduct any official business without issuing a public notice."[2]

Senate Bill 2087,[3] introduced by the Education Committee (at the request of the State Board of Higher Education), seeks to exempt the names of applicants for university presidencies and the higher education system chancellor until a job search reaches the semifinalist phase. Sen. John Andrist (R-Crosby) amended the bill to make more names public sooner in the process, and to give applicants two weeks notice prior to the time when their names would become public, at which point applicants wishing to remain private could rescind their application.[4] SB2087 passed the Senate 30-15 and now moves to the House. The Bismarck Tribune is advocating for the House to quash the bill, saying it is "not good public policy. It is good-old-boy-network politics."[5]

SB2087 was defeated in the House 56-37.[6]


  • North Dakota Senate Bill 2093 (2007) would have required the creation of a website detailing the use of government purchase cards.