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 — A backer of marijuana decriminalization efforts in the North Dakota Legislature said she was disappointed by an amended bill that advanced Wednesday, April 24.
BISMARCK — A proposal to protect insurance coverage for preexisting medical conditions has been turned into a North Dakota legislative study.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers agreed to back down from a proposal to use Legacy Fund earnings to buy down state income taxes Wednesday, April 24, as part of a deal struck between the two chambers.
BISMARCK — North Dakota boaters on a nighttime cruise face fines if they don't keep quiet under a bill approved by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, April 23. Senate Bill 2342 prohibits boats from producing noises in excess of 88 decibels for more than 10 minutes between midnight and 5 a.m. The noise level must be measured from the shoreline. According to Purdue University , 88 decibels is equivalent to a propeller plane flyover at 1,000 feet.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate backed a compromise package of higher education capital projects Tuesday, April 23, that provides more state support for replacing a chemistry lab building at North Dakota State University. The Dunbar Hall project has long been a priority for the university, as the building is considered a fire safety hazard. A House-Senate conference committee agreed to $40 million in bonding, $8 million in cash and authorization to raise $3.2 million for a total of $51.2 million.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers agreed to give state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt an 8% raise after protracted House debate over whether the bump was fair Tuesday, April 23. The agency budget bill provides the raise effective July 1, matching Schmidt's salary with the state auditor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner. Schmidt is currently the lowest-paid statewide elected official with an annual salary of $99,881.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate approved a bill requiring local governments to justify larger setbacks imposed on animal feeding operations Tuesday, April 23. The new version of Senate Bill 2345 was approved along party lines in a House-Senate conference committee Monday afternoon before it passed the full Senate in a 36-11 vote Tuesday. It still must pass the House before it's sent to Republican Gov. Doug Burgum.
BISMARCK — A typo in bill language outlining North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger's salary will be fixed before the session's end, officials said Tuesday, April 23. The bill, which has already been signed by Gov. Doug Burgum, is supposed to describe Jaeger's salary for the two-year budget cycle that starts July 1. But it mistakenly bumps up his salary through June 30 of this year, the day before the new biennium starts and the bill’s effective date.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota legislative panel voted to give state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt a larger raise Monday, April 22, a move that is expected to face some resistance when it goes before the full Legislature. The House-Senate compromise budget bill would give Schmidt an 8% raise effective July 1, matching her salary with the state auditor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner. Schmidt is currently the lowest-paid statewide elected official with an annual salary of $99,881.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers backed away from a proposal that opponents worried would open the door to concealed weapons being carried in schools, churches and public buildings Friday, April 19. At issue was a resurrected proposal creating a new type of concealed weapons license that would exempt permit holders from the ban on possessing firearms at public gatherings, which state law defines as schools, churches, sporting events and public buildings. The licenses would require training equivalent to what police officers receive.