North Dakota House rejects bill to end local public notices in newspapers


The North Dakota House of Representatives rejected a bill on Monday, Feb. 1, that would have eliminated the requirement for county or city governments to publish their bills and payments in local newspapers.

The bill failed 62-31, with multiple representatives testifying on the House floor that the bill was an effort to diminish government transparency for North Dakota residents. House Bill 1108 would have allowed a county or city to refrain from publishing its expenditures, like bills, vouchers and orders, in local newspapers if the information could be found online.

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