Bastiat lawmaker says he may be censured for disparaging remark


MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Minot) had to miss the anti-vaccine mandate rally he helped organize this week because he contracted COVID-19. That’s why he’s attending to his duties during the special session of the Legislature remotely.

It’s also why he disparaged House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Carrington) during a tense debate over a redistricting bill.

Hoverson told me he may be censured for “calling him out for his spinelessness.”

During the debate on House Bill 1504, Hoverson asked for permission to question Pollert. House rules require members to ask permission from the speaker of the House before asking another member a question on the floor.

Pollert agreed, and Hoverson asked if he felt the interim redistricting committee did its work fairly. Pollert answered in the affirmative, and then Hoverson continued his remarks, ending by saying he’d like to “see a little more spin” from legislative leadership.

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