Legislator seeks ND governor's security costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota lawmaker is asking the state Highway Patrol to disclose the costs of providing security for the governor, lieutenant governor and their families.

The North Dakota Legislative Council asked for the information Tuesday on behalf of House Minority Leader Corey Mock of Grand Forks. The Associated Press obtained the inquiry through an open records request.

The inquiry follows an audit released in June that Gov. Doug Burgum, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, office staff and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum used state airplanes for questionable purposes including commuting to homes outside the state capital.

Auditors did not disclose the costs of providing security for the governor's office because they say those records are protected by state law.

The Legislative Council, which is the Legislature's research arm, says the records are not protected from disclosure.