The Ethics Commission may issue advisory opinions upon request in accordance with NDCC §54-66-04.2. Written formal advisory opinions interpret the ethics laws, rules and Article XIV of the North Dakota Constitution to specified hypothetical facts or prospective conduct. An individual who in good faith relies on a formal advisory opinion may not be subject to civil or criminal penalties provided the material facts surrounding the action are substantially the same as the conduct presented in the opinion.
Any public official, candidate for elected office, or lobbyist may request a formal advisory opinion. The request must relate to the requester and not a third party.