HB 1446, if enacted, would cloud the reputations of our great North Dakota institutions of higher education and deter high quality educators from coming to and staying in North Dakota, ultimately preventing our students from receiving the quality of education and opportunities they deserve. This bill would also have a chilling effect on a faculty member’s willingness to shine a light on fraud or misuse of taxpayer dollars at a public institution if they know they could be subject to an abrupt non-renewal of their contract.