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Bill bars felons from serving on North Dakota school boards

January 23, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate has endorsed legislation that would bar felons from serving on school boards.

The bill passed 32-15 on Wednesday. It now goes to the House for review.

The measure is being sponsored by Republican Nichole Poolman, a school teacher from Bismarck, and Richard Marcellais, a Democrat from Belcourt and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

The bill came at the request of the state Indian Affairs Commission.

Director Scott Davis says the bill applies to all schools but tribal leaders are increasingly concerned about school board candidates who have a criminal past.

Davis points to a woman convicted of embezzling from a school district on the Fort Berthold Reservation who was elected to its school board in November.

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