Senate kills bill aimed at disclosing governor’s costs

March 13, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate has killed a measure that would require disclosure of the costs of the travel and security for state officials, including the governor, lieutenant governor and their families.

The Senate voted 30-15 to kill the House bill on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Bill Devlin’s bill came after questions from lawmakers and the media about the level of personal security for GOP Gov. Doug Burgum.

The governor and the Highway Patrol have claimed the records are protected by state laws that were put on the books following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Supporters of the bill argue the information is needed for budget reasons.

The Legislative Council, which is the Legislature’s research arm, says the records are not protected from disclosure.

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