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 — House and Senate leaders in North Dakota are preparing to consider hundreds of bills passed by their counterparts across the hall after a six-day, mid-session break that ends Wednesday, Feb. 27.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Feb. 21, he'll continue to advocate splitting the state's higher education governance structure into two boards during the second half of the legislative session despite an early setback in the state House.
BISMARCK — Some North Dakota lawmakers have renewed grievances over documents state agencies regularly draft to estimate the price tag of proposed law changes, with one legislator calling it a form of “lobbying” for departments to allegedly inflate figures on bills they oppose.
BISMARCK — North Dakota senators wrapped a bow on the first half of the 2019 legislative session Wednesday, Feb. 20, as their colleagues across the hall considered a final batch of bills before a mid-session break. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, lauded his chamber’s smooth entrance into the crossover break, after which each chamber will consider bills passed by the House. “I’m really pleased with the caucuses. They’ve worked together well,” he told reporters after adjourning Wednesday morning.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House defeated a pair of bills legalizing sports gambling Wednesday, Feb. 20, nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to the legislation. One bill would have limited bets on professional sports while the other would have included collegiate events.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House killed a bill Wednesday, Feb. 20, seeking to put the entire state under Central Standard Time. Lawmakers defeated House Bill 1486 in an 81-11 vote. Currently, 11 southwestern counties are in the Mountain time zone, which is one hour behind Central time. That region of North Dakota has observed Mountain time since 1883 , though some counties have moved to Central time over the years.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday, Feb. 19, implementing the new anti-corruption language voters added to the state constitution in November. The bill stems from Measure 1, which imposed bans on lobbyist gifts to public officials, added financial transparency requirements and created a new ethics commission that could investigate malfeasance. Ballot measure backers have supported the Senate bill, introduced by Fargo Democratic Sen. Tim Mathern, but opposed a separate House measure that hasn't yet come up for a vote.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers agreed to more than double the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex crimes perpetrated against children Tuesday, Feb. 19, a move that a bill proponent said would help establish an offender's pattern of abuse. House Bill 1425 would require that prosecution of sex crimes in which the victim was younger than 18 at the time of the offense begin within 21 years of the crime taking place, not 10 years as is currently in law.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers voted Tuesday, Feb. 19, to create a new, more stringent class of concealed carry firearms licenses that would allow permit holders to pack heat at public gatherings. House Bill 1206 would allow North Dakota residents to obtain a Class 1 “exempt” license with annual training that’s equivalent to what police and private security officers go through, according to its chief backer, Mandan Republican Rep. Todd Porter.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House rejected a bipartisan bill allowing judges to issue protection orders temporarily preventing people deemed dangerous from possessing guns Tuesday, Feb. 19.