Apr 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says a North Dakota Board of Higher Education dinner social at the university system chancellor's home violated the state's open meetings law.
Stenehjem said in a written opinion Thursday that the higher education board failed to provide adequate notice of the Jan. 16 meeting at Chancellor Hamid Shirvani's home. Stenehjem says minutes of the dinner social also were "inaccurate and did not adequately list the topics discussed at the meeting."
Separately, North Dakota's Senate on Thursday narrowly defeated a resolution that would have replaced the higher education board with a three-member commission.
The vote was 24-23.
The eight-member higher education board is responsible for hiring the chancellor and overseeing the state's 11 public universities.