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 suspended two members of a school board on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation "after credible reports of threats and demands made" amid a state audit, his office said Thursday, April 25. Jeremy Laducer and Doug Delorme were suspended from the Belcourt School Board, which administers state funding for the Belcourt public school district. Meanwhile, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council moved to suspend another board that administers federal funds for tribal schools in Belcourt.
BISMARCK — North Dakotans have a month to apply to be a member of a new ethics commission created by last year's passage of Measure 1. State officials have already received nine applications for the five-member panel, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, April 25. The application deadline is May 24. Commission members will be appointed by a consensus agreement of the governor and the majority and minority leaders in the state Senate. They aren't allowed to hold public office or be a lobbyist, candidate for public office or political party official.
BISMARCK — Critics of the North Dakota Legislature's efforts to implement the state's new voter-approved ethics rules will still have avenues to challenge lawmakers' actions even after a final bill moves across the finish line.
BISMARCK — A group of North Dakotans has drafted a proposed ballot measure restricting lawmakers' ability to offer changes to the state constitution's "powers reserved to the people," a moved prompted by legislative efforts this session. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Thursday, April 25, that his office received a proposed petition seeking to amend the constitution. Backers would have to collect 26,904 signatures for the question to appear on the November 2020 ballot.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate rejected a House-backed resolution seeking to make it harder for lawmakers to tap earnings from the state's oil tax piggy bank Thursday, April 25. House lawmakers had insisted on pushing some form of the proposed constitutional amendment, but it found little support across the hall in the session's final days. As introduced by Grand Forks Democratic Rep. Corey Mock, it would have required earnings from the Legacy Fund to be transferred back to its principal rather than the state's general fund, where it's up for grabs in the Legislature.
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.