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 -- A committee of House and Senate lawmakers approved a bill Friday, April 14, that proponents said will add protections for confidential informants used by North Dakota law enforcement.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate passed one tax incentive bill the same day it defeated another Thursday, April 13. Lawmakers unanimously passed Senate Bill 2166, which requires cities to notify the affected county and school district before granting a property tax incentive for more than five years. It allows the county and school district to decline to participate in granting the incentive and negotiate its terms with the city.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Senate defeated a bill seeking a temporary cap on state matching funds for senior services Thursday, April 13. Senate Bill 2273 failed in a 20-27 vote. The bill would have limited the matching grants paid to counties for senior services to $3.5 million a year, which is a little more than what was paid this year.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum plans to sign a rewrite of the state’s medical marijuana law after senators passed what one lawmaker called a “landmark piece of legislation” Thursday, April 13.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, April 13, that he smoked marijuana while hitchhiking in the 1970s. Burgum, a first-term Republican, made the remarks during a press conference after the Senate passed a medical marijuana bill Thursday morning. Asked by a reporter whether he had ever smoked marijuana, Burgum said he did while hitchhiking to Alaska in the summer of 1976. "Everybody that picks you up when you're hitchhiking to Alaska in 1976 generally wants to share some company and share some other things while you're driving," he said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota senators rejected a proposal Wednesday, April 12 that would have allowed voters to seek a cap on property tax increases. House Bill 1361, introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, would have allowed voters to limit property tax increases to 3 percent over what was levied in dollars the previous year. The cap could have applied to park districts, cities and counties.
BISMARCK—The State Board of Higher Education and Sanford Health reached a deal Wednesday to keep North Dakota State University's nursing school in Bismarck from closing. The agreement announced Wednesday, April 12, allows the nursing program at NDSU to continue in its current building be extending a lease initially made between Sanford and NDSU in 2013. It allowed the university to pay $1 per year for three years to use the building before rent increased. Sanford has now agreed to extended the nearly free rent for another two years.
BISMARCK—In a first, the North Dakota Department of Commerce has revoked a firm's angel fund certification. In an April 4 letter to Minot-based Legendary Investments, LLC, Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler said the firm violated the prohibition against investing in real estate or real estate holding companies outlined in state law governing angel fund income tax credits. He said Legendary Investments "invested in the debt of several real estate issuers," citing information the firm provided to the department last fall.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill seeking a study of the state's refugee resettlement program. Burgum signed House Bill 1427 Tuesday, April 11. It requests a legislative study of various aspects of refugee resettlement in North Dakota, ranging from any effect refugees have on wages or working conditions, law enforcement, government services, housing and others.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers skipped their daily floor sessions Tuesday, April 11 and instead hunkered down in conference committees to settle differences on policy and budget bills as the session's end draws near. The end-of-session conference committees provide three lawmakers from each chamber an opportunity to discuss differing versions of bills that the House and Senate have already passed. Once a conference committee reaches an agreement, the bill is sent back for a floor vote.