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 voters would decide whether to allow up to six state-owned casinos under a resolution introduced at the state Legislature. House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, is the primary sponsor of House Concurrent Resolution 3033, which would ask voters whether to amend the state Constitution allow the Legislature to authorize casinos. The question would go to voters in the 2018 primary election.
BISMARCK — A Fargo lawmaker is back at the state Capitol after missing the first half of the legislative session to recover from open heart surgery. Sen. Kyle Davison, R-Fargo, joined his fellow legislators Wednesday, March 1, as they reconvened from the mid-session break known as crossover. Davison, who was first elected in 2014 and represents a south Fargo district, announced in early January he would miss four to eight weeks of the session, which began Jan. 3. Davison said he was excited to be back, "but you have to take care of your family and yourself first.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers left the state Capitol for their mid-session break after passing a handful bills in a pair of morning floor sessions Thursday, Feb. 23. The House and Senate considered a combined nine bills Thursday morning, a meager slate of legislation compared with the flurry of activity that took place in the two days prior. Lawmakers were racing to pass legislation ahead of the crossover break, after which the House will consider bills passed by the Senate and vice versa.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a handful of protest-related bills into law Thursday, Feb. 23, but they didn't become effective until after the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was cleared by law enforcement.
BISMARCK — Nine people, including a sitting North Dakota lawmaker, have been interviewed for the vacant Public Service Commission seat, according to a list provided by Gov. Doug Burgum's office Thursday, Feb. 23. The three-member commission is down one member after Brian Kalk left for a job at the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center in January after serving two years of his second six-year term. Burgum, a Republican, will appoint Kalk's successor.
BISMARCK—A proposal that would have created a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development in North Dakota was stripped from legislation that ultimately passed the Senate as a study of the state's energy plan Wednesday, Feb. 22. Senate Bill 2314, as passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, would have prevented the Public Service Commission from approving a wind farm application submitted in the two years starting Aug. 1 unless the commission determined that added generation was needed for the state's consumers.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers are sprinting toward their mid-session break this week with several big-ticket items left to consider. The House and Senate each held two floor sessions Tuesday, Feb. 21 and plan to do the same Wednesday. Legislators are working through the last bills before the crossover break, after which each chamber will consider bills approved by lawmakers across the hall.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota House easily passed legislation calling for a study of refugee resettlement in the state Monday, Feb. 20, but not before a testy exchange on the floor. Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, said she didn't want to see state resources spent on a "mean-spirited study." Rep. Mary Schneider, D-Fargo, read an email asking her to vote against the legislation because it tries to hide racism and religious discrimination behind a "guise of rationalism and data."
BISMARCK—As North Dakota lawmakers approach the 2017 session's halfway point, major budget bills are approaching a floor vote. The House Appropriations Committee approved budgets for the Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Instruction Thursday, Feb. 16. State legislators are working with reduced tax revenue due to a slower economy this session, creating tighter budgets for the next two-year funding cycle.
BISMARCK — The Senate Human Services Committee gave its blessing to an amended version of the contentious medical marijuana implementation bill Thursday, Feb. 16. The committee gave a "do pass" recommendation late Thursday afternoon to Senate Bill 2344, the legislation that amends the initiated measure legalizing marijuana for medical purposes that North Dakota voters approved in November's election.