Published — December 31, 2001 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

North Dakota

A snapshot of ethics practices in North Dakota


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North Dakota is among four states — including Michigan, South Dakota and Vermont — in which there are no formal ethics laws dealing with ethical conduct of legislator beyond personal financial disclosure and/or campaign finance disclosure requirements.

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What, if any, ethics agency exists in the state?


If the above agency does not oversee legislators, is legislative oversight defined in statute?

Yes. North Dakota has the Legislative Council, which is enabled by North Dakota Century Code s.54-35-02.8, to appoint an ethics committee to consider or prepare a legislative code of ethics. The legislative council consists of the majority and minority leaders of the house and of the senate, plus six senators and seven representatives.

Are there state statutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?

No. North Dakota has no statute regarding ethics and disclosure beyond sections pertaining candidates’ campaign finance and outside interest disclosure, which are both governed by the North Dakota Secretary of State, Elections Division.

When were the ethics statutes enacted?


Where do legislators file outside interest disclosures?

Same agency where candidacy is filed. See Info Resources.

Where do legislators file campaign finance disclosures?

North Dakota Secretary of State, Election Division

Where are lobbying disclosures filed?

North Dakota Secretary of State, Administration and Licensing Division

Note: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws’ “Ethics Update” 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit

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