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 — The North Dakota Senate voted down legislation to update state law with gender-neutral language Tuesday, Jan. 10, about 18 months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry. Opponents of the Senate Bill 2043 said the change was unnecessary and dismissed arguments from supporters that failing to amend state law could leave the state open to litigation. The bill failed 15-31, with one senator absent.
BISMARCK — A pair of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Monday, Jan. 9 to raise North Dakota's minimum wage in an effort to boost earnings for the state's low-income residents, but the head of the state's most prominent business group predicted the bill won't get far. Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, wants to bump the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.25 an hour by the beginning of 2018. The legislation also directs the Labor Commissioner to adjust the wage to account for cost of living increases on Jan. 1, 2019, and every year after.
BISMARCK—North Dakota gun owners would be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit under legislation introduced by a group of Republican lawmakers. Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, introduced legislation Friday, Jan. 6, to allow people who are at least 21 years old to carry "any firearm or dangerous weapon concealed unless otherwise prohibited by law."
BISMARCK -- A bipartisan group of North Dakota lawmakers have proposed legislation that, if approved by voters, would phase out the Office of the State Treasurer.
BISMARCK—Top House Republicans have introduced a bill to limit bonuses awarded to a North Dakota governor's staff members and appointees after some controversy in 2015. The legislation, which counts House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, as a sponsor, limits a bonus paid to an employee in the governor's office or state officer appointed by the governor to 10 percent of their annual salary or $5,000, whichever is less.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers approved a budget forecast for the coming two-year budget cycle that's more conservative than the one used in former Gov. Jack Dalrymple's final budget last month.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Senate committee got its first look Thursday, Jan. 5, at a proposal to remove the State Hospital in Jamestown from a section of the state constitution, an idea one hospital official called "troubling."
BISMARCK—Doug Burgum's inauguration as North Dakota's 33rd governor was celebrated at the Bismarck Event Center Wednesday, Jan. 4. The evening affair brought together a range of elected leaders from all levels of government. Tribal leaders also joined Burgum on stage, where Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford listened to a drum circle from the Oakdale Singers of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and received a tribal gift. More than 3,000 were in attendance at the celebration, according to estimates supplied by an event organizer to Burgum's spokesman Mike Nowatzki.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers are preparing to tighten their belts in the early days of the 2017 legislative session.
BISMARCK—Leaning on familiar themes of technological innovation, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the state must do more with less during his first State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 3. Burgum's speech came on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. Lawmakers convened here during a period of hampered revenues due to lower oil and farm commodity prices.