A state lawmaker is asking his state’s attorney general whether regulators can participate in National Association of Insurance Commissioners meetings that are closed to the public.
North Dakota State Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, N.D., chairman of the executive committee at the National Council of Insurance Legislators, Troy, N.Y., has written to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to request an opinion concerning whether North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman violates the state’s open record law when he participates in closed NAIC executive sessions.
“Can the state of North Dakota pay membership dues to belong to and participate in policy and regulatory discussions if said discussions and decisions occur in executive sessions not open to the public?” Keiser asks.
Stenehjem’s office has not returned a call seeking comment.
Poolman says Keiser has a right to question the policy.
“But I think he is off base, and I believe the opinion asked for will prove that,” Poolman says.