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 representative of the North Dakota Student Association spoke against a bill that would tweak the state’s voter identification law Thursday.
BISMARCK – A North Dakota legislative committee gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol an hour earlier – 11 a.m. – on Sundays.Bill sponsor state Rep. Marie Strinden, D-Grand Forks, said the bill is aimed at resolving the “inequality” between North Dakota and its neighbors, including Minnesota. East Grand Forks allows alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m. Sundays.
GRAND FORKS – North Dakota lost 800 jobs in December, according to preliminary numbers released Tuesday by the North Dakota Job Service. But statewide employment grew by 24,500 since December 2013, a 5.4 percent increase. Construction, a seasonal industry, lost 800 positions in December, the most in the state. During the past year overall, however, it tied with mining and logging for the most jobs gained at 8,300.
BISMARCK – A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would allow underage active military service members to drink alcohol on base. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Andrew Maragos, R-Minot, is scheduled for a hearing this morning in the House Judiciary Committee. It would allow service members between the ages of 18 and 21 to purchase and consume alcohol on a military installation in North Dakota if it’s authorized by that base’s commanding officer.
GRAND FORKS – Another Grand Forks legislator has introduced a bill to tweak North Dakota’s voter identification law. Republican state Sen. Ray Holmberg introduced a bill Thursday that would require student photo identification cards provided by North Dakota universities to include the student’s date of birth and residential address. It would also require the university to provide each student with information on voter eligibility requirements.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers are proposing changes to the state’s voter identification law after some had problems casting a ballot in November. The proposals come after the Legislature changed North Dakota’s voter identification law two years ago to do away with the voter affidavit process that allowed voters to cast a ballot without proper ID. A bill introduced last week by state Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, would reverse that change and bring back affidavits.
GRAND FORKS – A group of North Dakota lawmakers wants to make it more convenient to cross the Canadian border with a new kind of driver’s license. Legislators have introduced a bill that would allow for an optional “enhanced operator’s license” in North Dakota. That would include information that would allow American citizens to cross the Canadian border.
A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature that would require police to get a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft for surveillance is facing opposition from a local law enforcement official. The proposal, House Bill 1328, would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using an unmanned aircraft to survey people, as well as business or personal property, without first obtaining a warrant in order to gather evidence of criminal activity. Warrants to conduct surveillance with unmanned aerial systems could only be issued in the investigation of a felony, and not “misdemeanors, traffic
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – Minnesota legislators are preparing to debate repealing the ban on Sunday liquor sales in the state. Again. The Minnesota legislative session that began last week has already seen the introduction of multiple bills to repeal or otherwise loosen the state’s 80-year-old ban.
BISMARCK – November’s election saw very little change in North Dakota’s political landscape. Voters opposed seven of the eight constitutional measures on the ballot, all of the statewide offices remained in Republican control, and Democrats gained one seat in the Legislature. Yet, Democrats – who have been outnumbered in the state Senate since 1992 and in the House since 1984 – say they still have an important role in the Legislature.