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Published May 10, 2013, 09:08 AM

North Dakota higher education board dissolves committees

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has dissolved its three committees and will operate only as a full board, a move aimed at avoiding more open meeting violations.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has dissolved its three committees and will operate only as a full board, a move aimed at avoiding more open meeting violations.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem recently said he found "pervasive" noncompliance by the board with the state's open meeting laws.

University System attorney Claire Holloway recommended getting rid of the board's academic, audit and executive committees. She says the committees often have three or four members, so if just two are discussing business that makes a quorum and could be a violation if the public hasn't been properly notified.

The board without discussion voted unanimously on Thursday to dissolve the boards.

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