John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking applicants for a commission studying the state's initiated and referred measure process. The governor's office announced Thursday, April 20, that Burgum signed Senate Bill 2135, which created the commission. The governor will appoint seven citizen members to the 19-member commission, one of whom must be a member of an association that represents employees and their interests.
BISMARCK—A committee of North Dakota lawmakers declined to roll back recent corporate income tax changes Wednesday, April 19. Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere, proposed a bill amendment to restore the 2015 corporate income tax apportionment formula, which Democrats argued in a news release would generate almost $24 million in the 2017-19 funding cycle. The amendment was proposed during discussion on the bill creating a pilot program for the state takeover of county social services costs, and it was rejected in a 4-2 vote along party lines.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate rejected a shared parenting bill Wednesday, April 19. House Bill 1392, introduced by Rep. Tom Kading, R-Fargo, would have required courts to consider granting "shared parenting time and residential responsibility" if one party in a proceeding requests it. The bill defines shared parenting time as each parent having the child in their care for as "close to 50 percent of the time as can be arranged based on the circumstances," but no less than 35 percent of the time.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota firm said Wednesday that the state Department of Commerce's decision to revoke its angel fund certification was "arbitrary and capricious" and requested a meeting with state officials.
BISMARCK — Efforts to repeal North Dakota's ban on parking meters appeared to fizzle out at the state Legislature in recent days. The House passed the Department of Transportation budget bill in a 53-40 vote Wednesday, April 19, without a previously included provision allowing local voters to approve their city's use of parking meters. Lawmakers pointed out a standalone parking meter bill failed overwhelmingly in the House just last week. One legislator called them an "indirect tax."
BISMARCK -- A bill adjusting North Dakota’s voter ID law awaits action from Gov. Doug Burgum after the Legislature approved it this week. The Senate passed House Bill 1369 in a 35-10 vote Tuesday, April 18, after the House approved it Monday. Although proponents said it will help protect the integrity of the state’s elections, an attorney challenging North Dakota’s voter ID laws said the bill doesn’t comply with a federal judge’s 2016 ruling.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers have approved changes to the state's Good Samaritan law that provides immunity to those reporting drug overdoses. The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1269 Tuesday, April 18, marking its final step before going to Gov. Doug Burgum. It says a person is immune from prosecution for drug possession charges if they, "in good faith," seek medical assistance for someone overdosing on drugs.
BISMARCK — A bill creating a commission to study North Dakota's initiated and referred measure process is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum after lawmakers approved it Monday, April 17. The commission would study the process and cost of placing initiated and referred measures on the ballot and whether any state law or constitutional provision should be amended. It would also study whether to put limits on out-of-state funding of measures.
BISMARCK — Despite concerns about funding cuts for North Dakota universities, state lawmakers passed a slimmer higher education budget bill Friday, April 14. Senate Bill 2003 includes more than $610 million in general fund spending for the state's campuses and university system, which is a little more than the higher education appropriation in the 2009-11 funding cycle but amounts to a nearly 32 percent cut from what lawmakers agreed to spend two years ago. The bill includes a fraction of the one-time spending that lawmakers authorized for the 2015-17 biennium.
BISMARCK -- A committee of House and Senate lawmakers approved a bill Friday, April 14, that proponents said will add protections for confidential informants used by North Dakota law enforcement.