Bismarck Lawmaker Convicted Of Misdemeanor Charge

(Bismarck, ND) — A state lawmaker has been convicted of a misdemeanor in connection with a state-leased building he owns. Bismarck Republican Representative Jason Dockter was charged in December with speculating or wagering on official action, and he pleaded not guilty. The charge has a maximum penalty of 360 days in jail and or a three-thousand dollar fine. Dockter has a twelve-point-five-percent share in the business that leases to the Attorney General’s office. In casting his vote to approve the budget for the office, a jury found he went against house rules which prohibit legislators from voting if they have a “personal or private interest.” Dockter says he’s considering an appeal.

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