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 signed legislation aimed at protecting confidential informants used by law enforcement Monday, April 24. House Bill 1221 was inspired by the case of Andrew Sadek, a North Dakota State College of Science student who was found dead after working undercover for police to receive a reduced sentence for a drug charge. Although an autopsy was inconclusive, his parents maintain he was murdered due to his work as a confidential informant.
BISMARCK — House Republicans proposed more than six pages of amendments to the budget bill for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on Friday, April 21, a few days before lawmakers hope to wrap up the 2017 legislative session. The amendments, proposed during a conference committee between House and Senate lawmakers, would require the PERS Board to establish a self-insurance plan for hospital, medical and prescription drug benefits, an idea the Senate unanimously rejected this session. The plan would be effective in mid-2019.
BISMARCK — A bill prompted by controversy over prayers during high school football playoffs is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum. The final form of the bill was described as a compromise by its primary sponsor, Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo. Originally, it prevented the North Dakota High School Activities Association or any other entity from prohibiting parochial or private schools from offering prayer before a school-sanctioned athletic activity held on its premises.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers are nearing the end of the 2017 session, but that finale won’t come until next week after legislative leaders said Thursday, April 20, they won’t work Saturday to complete their remaining bills. Lawmakers have been pushing to end the session before reaching their constitutional limit of 80 days. Thursday marked the 72nd legislative day.
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.