August 5, 2010

Coal Counties will move away from paid lobbying

In action directed at avoiding a "gray area" in North Dakota law, the government entities that comprise what is known as Coal Conversion Counties, are looking at a joint powers agreement. That agreement, now before the Beulah City Council, would change the way the coal counties address the State Legislature.

In past years, the Coal Conversion Counties have paid a hired lobbyist to track legislation that affected the counties and cities in the area commonly referenced as Coal Country. Recently, the question has arisen about the legality of government having such a paid consultant.

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