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Ruling against himself: State attorney general says industrial commission broke records laws


BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the state Industrial Commission violated open records laws when it failed to provide meeting minutes in a timely fashion.

Stenehjem sits on the commission along with Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. The group manages various business ventures for the state.

The request for nearly five years of meeting minutes came from a campaign volunteer for Democrat Ryan Taylor, who's running against Goehring for ag commissioner.

The request was submitted on March 5. The executive director of the commission sent the minutes in stages and ultimately completed the task by April 28.

Stenehjem says the request required more than 2,500 of pages to be reviewed for confidential information, but that did not justify the nearly two-month delay in finishing the job.

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