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 senators voted unanimously to override Gov. Doug Burgum's veto of a bill that stemmed from a court battle between the two branches of government Thursday, April 11.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers voted to allow the Legislature to weigh in on constitutional amendments passed by voters Thursday, April 11, putting the proposal one step closer to the 2020 ballot. Senate Concurrent Resolution 4001 requires constitutional amendments that voters propose by petition and approve at the ballot box to be considered by the Legislature before being enacted. If lawmakers turn down the proposal, it goes back on the ballot and voters would have the opportunity to override the Legislature.
BISMARCK — North Dakota joined the ranks of nearly a dozen states seeking to outlaw a second trimester abortion method with Gov. Doug Burgum's backing Wednesday, April 10. The Republican governor signed legislation imposing Class C felony charges on people who perform a "human dismemberment abortion" unless there's a medical emergency. But it only becomes effective with federal court action or a change in the U.S. Constitution giving states the ability to prohibit abortion.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed what he called a "fundamentally flawed" bill stemming from a court fight he had with the Legislature Wednesday, April 10, furthering a dispute over the powers granted to each government branch. Burgum, a Republican, vetoed Senate Bill 2055, which was introduced by Republican majority leaders in both chambers. It outlines the duties and membership of the Budget Section, a large interim committee that meets between the Legislature's regular sessions held every other year.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers declined to back major changes to the state's Medicaid expansion program Tuesday, April 9, marking a victory for health care providers who lobbied against the proposal. A panel of House budget-writers rejected Gov. Doug Burgum's plan to have the Department of Human Services administer Medicaid expansion and cut provider reimbursement rates. In his budget address last year, the Republican governor said the changes would "free up" money and allow the state to "reinvest in access to behavioral health services.”
BISMARCK — Top Republicans in the North Dakota House have resurrected a proposal to use Legacy Fund earnings to replace state income taxes, an idea senators swiftly defeated last month. A panel of House appropriators added an amendment largely reflecting House Bill 1530 to the budget bill for the tax commissioner's office Thursday, April 4. But it delays any reductions to individual and corporate income tax rates until the 2022 tax year.
BISMARCK — A towering figure in the North Dakota Capitol tower is disputing the Guinness World Records' decision to name a New York City councilman as the world's tallest politician. Standing at 6-foot-10, Robert Cornegy Jr. was honored during a ceremony Wednesday, March 27, according to The Associated Press.
BISMARCK — North Dakota senators are poised to consider an abortion method ban that's already facing court scrutiny elsewhere. House Bill 1546 would impose Class C felony charges on people who perform a "human dismemberment abortion" unless there's a medical emergency. Similar bans have targeted what's known medically as a dilation and evacuation procedure, which is the most common abortion method used in the second trimester of a pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights group.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's state auditor said Wednesday, March 27, the Indian Affairs Commission ran afoul of the state constitution when it purchased $7,800 in sporting goods store gift cards for students and mentors attending a youth conference. A report released by State Auditor Josh Gallion's office said the commission "misspent $7,790 of state funds by improperly providing gift cards to attendees of the annual North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy" in 2017 and 2018. It cited the state constitution's anti-gifting clause.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Senate committee backed a plan to replenish some of the constitutional funds state officials say have been shorted in recent years Wednesday, March 27. Amendments to a bill addressing the oil tax misallocation offered by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, would transfer $64.4 million in Legacy Fund earnings to the Common Schools Trust Fund, which supplements state aid to schools. The proposal would also bump up allocations to a fund meant to finance water projects until reaching $128.7 million, which could take more than two decades.