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—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.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota legislative committee will consider amendments to almost three dozen sections and subsections of state law to include gender-neutral language on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Senate Bill 2043 comes about a year and a half after the U.S. Supreme Court said gay couples had the right to marry under the Constitution. The amendments included in the bill include replacing "one man and one woman" with "two individuals" in the section of North Dakota law defining marriage, along with similar changes in sections of state law regarding adoption and fishing licenses.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers will gather here Tuesday, Jan. 3, to mark the beginning of another legislative session after a year that saw budget cuts and a rare special session to deal with a projected revenue shortfall. But House Majority Leader Al Carlson sees at least one bright spot in their fiscal situation. "I always tell people it's easier to govern when you have less money because then it's easier to say no," the Fargo Republican said. "Every session is dominated by money, whether it's too much or not enough."
BISMARCK—The North Dakota attorney general said Friday, Dec. 30 that public entities should not reveal crime victims' addresses if they have asserted their rights under the newly passed constitutional provision known as Marsy's Law. In an opinion released Friday afternoon, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said while a victim's specific address is protected, Marsy's Law doesn't prevent law enforcement from releasing "general location information about criminal activity for purposes of public safety."
BISMARCK—Roz Leighton resigned as executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party earlier this month to take a job with the committee overseeing the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Leighton's new role as Cabinet affairs liaison with the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee involves coordinating events, travel logistics and "ensuring that there's a clear line of communication between the ... committee and the stakeholder groups," she said Thursday, Dec. 29.