North Dakota Attorney General Article

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North Dakota Attorney General
North Dakota Attorney General shield.png
Wayne Stenehjem crop.jpg
Incumbent
Wayne Stenehjem

since 2000
Member of North Dakota Industrial Commission
Term lengthFour years
Formation1889
First holder George F. Goodwin
Website https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov

The North Dakota Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the North Dakota state government. The current Attorney General is Republican Wayne Stenehjem. The Attorney General's office represents the state government in court cases and issues opinions of points of law upon request.

History

Since the creation of the office by the state's constitution in 1889, the state has seen a total of 28 Attorneys General. The office has been known to change hands rather quickly. The office has been held by the North Dakota Republican Party for a wide majority of its existence; only three of the 28 Attorneys General were from the state's Democratic Party and two Attorneys General ran on the Non Partisan League-ticket. The Attorney General originally served a two-year term, but this was extended to four in 1964 by a constitutional amendment.

Oversight

The Office of the Attorney General oversees the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the office of the state Fire Marshall, and is charged with enforcement of the state open meetings and open records laws. The Attorney General is also responsible for gambling regulations (except horse betting), overseeing the state's lottery and charitable gaming, as well as the intergovernmental compacts related to Native American gaming within North Dakota. [1]

See also

References

  1. ^ 2015–2017 Biennial Report (PDF) (Report). Office of the North Dakota Attorney General. 2017. p. 1. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

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