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Deadline approaching to apply for North Dakota Ethics Commission

The anti-corruption/ethics campaign was announced this past summer at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Bismarck Tribune file photo

BISMARCK — North Dakotans have a month to apply to be a member of a new ethics commission created by last year's passage of Measure 1.

State officials have already received nine applications for the five-member panel, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, April 25. The application deadline is May 24.

Commission members will be appointed by a consensus agreement of the governor and the majority and minority leaders in the state Senate. They aren't allowed to hold public office or be a lobbyist, candidate for public office or political party official.

The constitution allows the commission to adopt rules on transparency, corruption, elections and lobbying in the state and to investigate wrongdoing. Lawmakers want to give it a two-year budget of about $517,000 and two full-time staff positions.

Applications can be submitted through the governor's website.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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