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 federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday, Dec. 14, preventing the state of North Dakota from enforcing a new law dubbed by supporters as a "farm equipment dealer bill of rights." U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said "common sense dictates that the law cannot stand constitutional muster" because it applies retroactively, prohibits arbitration clauses in contracts and conflicts with previous decisions involving similar legislation. He said Senate Bill 2289 can't be enforced in order to preserve the status quo while the case is pending.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court is giving Gov. Doug Burgum's office a month to respond to a petition filed by state lawmakers challenging several of his vetoes. Supreme Court Clerk Penny Miller said Thursday, Dec. 14, that justices asked for a response by Jan. 16. The Legislature filed its petition Friday, asking the court to determine the vetoes' legal effect.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's tax commissioner said Thursday, Dec. 14, that his office is not expected to finish examining how congressional tax cut efforts will affect state revenues until next week "at the earliest." House and Senate lawmakers reached a deal on a final bill Wednesday after each chamber passed its own version in recent weeks. Republicans hope to send a package to President Donald Trump by Christmas.
BISMARCK — Several people urged the North Dakota Department of Health to quickly implement the state's new medical marijuana program during a public hearing on proposed rules Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the state Capitol.
BISMARCK — A combative Bismarck attorney and failed North Dakota Supreme Court candidate who was admonished for alleging members of the judiciary had worked to hide public records called the disciplinary process a "farce" after taking his case to the state's highest court Wednesday, Dec. 13.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers petitioned the state Supreme Court Friday morning, Dec. 8, challenging several vetoes Gov. Doug Burgum issued after the Legislature adjourned this year. House and Senate leaders from both parties asked the court to determine "whether the governor exceeded his constitutional authority in making select partial vetoes." The document, provided by the governor's office, points to Burgum's vetoes on parts of four budget bills funding higher education, the Department of Commerce, the State Water Commission and the Department of Trust Lands.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's tax commissioner predicted Thursday, Dec. 7, state revenues would take a hit under Republican tax overhaul efforts moving through Congress, but his office is still analyzing the legislation's effects. The Senate voted Wednesday to move into a conference committee with the House to work out differences in the legislation each chamber has already passed. Republican lawmakers hope to get a bill to President Donald Trump by Christmas.
BISMARCK—A liberal group has brought a complaint against Tom Campbell, the lone North Dakota Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, for allegedly failing to report the use of equipment from his private company as a campaign expense or in-kind contribution.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers called for an updated sexual harassment policy that includes a process for reporting such behavior Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Legislature's current two-paragraph policy says sexual harassment "in any manner" won't be tolerated. Its definition includes "verbal abuse" and "physical touching" of a sexual nature, as well as any threat that somebody's job will be affected by rejecting sexual advances.
BISMARCK—Seeking more input on state revenue projections after recent estimates missed the mark, North Dakota lawmakers voted Tuesday, Dec. 5, to contract with a consulting firm to provide economic forecasting data. The Legislative Revenue Advisory Committee voted unanimously in favor of IHS Markit's proposal, which carries a $49,292 price tag. That came just weeks after the Office of Management and Budget signed a new two-year, $140,000 contract with Moody's Analytics that includes the option for two two-year renewals, the agency's outgoing director Pam Sharp said.