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Associated Press, Published April 13 2012

ND attorney general: Electronic money transfers aren't checks

BISMARCK — North Dakota law requires some cities to publish regular lists of check payments if voters want to see them.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says there's a glitch in the law. Cities have to publish lists of checks. But they don't have to publish electronic transfers of money to pay bills, because they're not checks.

The subject came up because Crosby Sen. John Andrist asked for a legal opinion about the expense information that local governments have to publish.

Andrist thought cities should have to list both hecks and electronic transfers. But Stenehjem says if there's no paper check, the city doesn't have to publish the expense.

Stenehjem says the Legislature may want to close that loophole next year.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.