North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the state university system’s office broke the state’s open records law when it refused to provide some financial information last January.
Stenehjem says the university system’s foundation is covered by the open records law. Stenehjem says the foundation is supported by public funds, and university system officials handle its operation.
The foundation controls a relatively small amount of money. Stenehjem’s opinion says foundation money is used to pay some business expenses for university system workers and members of the Board of Higher Education.
Minot blogger Rob Port had asked for the foundation’s revenue and expense information, dating back to January 2012.
His request last January was refused because a university system lawyer believed the foundation wasn’t subject to the open records law. However, Port did get the information he requested a few months later.
Stenehjem’s legal opinion Tuesday says the foundation is subject to the open records law. He says the university system office doesn’t have to take further action, because Port ended up getting the information he wanted.