BISMARCK — North Dakotans have a month to apply to be a member of a new ethics commission created by last year's passage of Measure 1.

State officials have already received nine applications for the five-member panel, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, April 25. The application deadline is May 24.

Commission members will be appointed by a consensus agreement of the governor and the majority and minority leaders in the state Senate. They aren't allowed to hold public office or be a lobbyist, candidate for public office or political party official.

The constitution allows the commission to adopt rules on transparency, corruption, elections and lobbying in the state and to investigate wrongdoing. Lawmakers want to give it a two-year budget of about $517,000 and two full-time staff positions.

Applications can be submitted through the governor's website.