More delays on Ethics Commission

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Doug Burgum and State Senate leadership met again Friday to continue talks on forming the Ethics Commission, which would oversee laws and policies on campaign finance.

The committee planned on reaching a final 10 of candidates, but were only able to get from 17 to 12. Much of the discussion focused on potential conflicts of interest.

“Everyone is trying to follow the letter of the law, but the letter of the law is quite general. And so, I think the committee is doing very good work at trying to get specific; get down a layer below that. Try to ascertain what was the spirit of the law as to what was the letter of the law," Burgum said.

While no candidates were considered in conflict of interest, potential public scrutiny led to two of the candidates being cut. There was no discussion on when the next meeting will be.