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 House shot down two bills to update election equipment Tuesday, Jan. 24. House Bill 1123, which would have appropriated $9 million from the general fund to replace equipment such as ballot scanners across the state, failed on a 12-78 vote. Immediately afterward, House Bill 1122, which would have spent $3 million for electronic poll books across the state, failed on a 17-72 vote.
BISMARCK — A bill that would make it a crime to hide behind a mask during a protest faced constitutional questions during a North Dakota legislative committee hearing Tuesday, Jan. 24.
BISMARCK — A bipartisan group of North Dakota lawmakers is seeking to put an end to the state's ban on Sunday morning retail sales, with proponents arguing the state shouldn't tell business owners when they can open their doors.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's universities are missing out on talented leaders who are worried about their name becoming public too soon in the hiring process, said the primary sponsor of a bill aiming to exempt applicants from the state's open records law. But officials representing the state's news organizations said the proposal would be a blow to transparency.
BISMARCK—North Dakota county officials are warning the state's aging election system could be "unworkable" by the next presidential contest and are seeking state funding for new equipment. But legislators who are trying to fund state agencies and programs with significantly less tax revenue than they had just a few years ago are hesitant to meet the request.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Legislature will consider lifting the state's ban on providing government assistance to people who have been recently convicted of a felony drug charge in what supporters say is part of an effort to reduce recidivism and slow a growing prison population.
BISMARCK — A bill that would delay parts of North Dakota's new medical marijuana law awaits Gov. Doug Burgum's signature. The House passed Senate Bill 2154 with just one dissenting vote Friday, Jan. 20. The bill would suspend provisions of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act to give the state Department of Health more time to set up rules. The suspension would last through July 31 or the effective date of legislation authorizing the prescription, dispensing, growth and use of medical marijuana, whichever comes first.
BISMARCK -- Calling it a knee-jerk reaction to events surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, a line of people testified against proposed North Dakota legislation Friday, Jan. 20, that wouldn’t hold drivers liable for injuring or killing people who intentionally block a roadway.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota House easily defeated a bill to create a new income tax credit for businesses that reimburse employees for child care costs Thursday, Jan. 19. Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, said legislators were unsure how much the credit would cost. And given tight budgets, he said lawmakers should reject the "well-intentioned" bill.
BISMARCK -- In opening his presentation to a legislative committee Wednesday, Jan. 18, North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani acknowledged an elephant lurking in the room.