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ND AG says Golva took too long to release records

BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion saying the city of Golva violated the state's open records laws by taking three months to respond to a request for records.

Stenehjem says a man asked on May 28 to get city expenditure and revenue reports and the city's 2013 budget. He says the city gave the man information only after the attorney general's office intervened and sought a resolution.

The attorney general says the city never gave the man the documents he sought, but gave him information relating to the documents.

Stenehjem says North Dakota law requires a response to an open records request within a reasonable time, and he believes the city of Golva violated that law by failing to provide the records within a reasonable time.