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—House lawmakers passed a bill seeking to create a commission to study the state's initiated measure and referral process Wednesday, March 29. The House passed Senate Bill 2135 in a 65-27 vote, but the bill may land in a conference committee after the House altered the proposed commission's membership.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota House approved a bill Wednesday, March 29 that would change the way the state pays for public employee health insurance amid concerns lawmakers haven't had time to study the idea and assertions that it would affect the existing contract with Sanford Health Plan. House Bill 1436, introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, requires the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System Board to establish a self-insurance plan for hospital, medical and prescription drug benefits coverage. The plan would become effective Jan. 1.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday, March 29, to pay Gov. Doug Burgum a handful of change for his work as the state's chief executive. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the governor's office budget bill with a provision that sets the governor's salary at $1. It is effective until the end of Burgum's first term in December 2020 or until someone else takes the office, whichever comes first.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House voted to override Gov. Doug Burgum's first veto Wednesday, March 29, again affirming lawmakers' view that bonuses given by his predecessor were excessive. In a 84-7 vote, House lawmakers approved House Bill 1153, introduced by Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, sending it to the Senate. The bill limits recruitment and retention bonuses paid to the governor's staff and state officers appointed by the governor to 10 percent of the employee's annual salary or $5,000, whichever is less.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House approved changes to a proposed commission tasked with studying the state's initiated measure process, giving the Legislature more seats on the panel and reducing interest group membership to a non-voting role. The House approved the amendments to Senate Bill 2135 Tuesday, March 28, and could vote on the bill itself as soon as Wednesday. But the changes may result in the bill landing in a conference committee, where House and Senate lawmakers would hash out their differences.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House passed legislation Tuesday, March 28 allowing schools to participate in an "innovative education program," despite concerns that the bill hands too much authority to the executive branch.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota governor's Cabinet would grow by one member under a bill passed by House lawmakers Tuesday, March 28. Citing federal "overreach" on environmental issues, the House passed legislation creating a new Department of Environmental Quality. The department would be created out of what is now the Environmental Health Section of the state Department of Health.
BISMARCK—The state director for the AARP said Monday, March 27, he was disappointed the North Dakota House voted down a bill aimed at including caregivers in hospital discharge plans, but the organization has hope for another piece of legislation. The House defeated Senate Bill 2215 in a 23-66 vote Friday, with one lawmaker saying it would duplicate existing rules.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Senate passed a bill seeking a study of autonomous vehicle regulations Monday, March 27. House Bill 1202 requires the state Department of Transportation to work with the autonomous vehicle technology industry on a study of the use of automated driving systems on the state's highways, including a review of current laws on licensing, registration, insurance, data ownership and inspection. The bill requires the DOT to report its findings to the next legislative assembly. The legislation passed the Senate in 45-0 vote Monday.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed legislation limiting bonuses paid to his staff and appointees, he said Monday, March 27.