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 By Austin Amestoy    News    May 6, 2021

Mont. Legislature adjourns; marijuana plans, $12.5 billion budget, federal relief, more go to Gov's desk

2021 Montana Legislature Adjourns after Near-Marijuana Meltdown and Bill-Resurrecting Blitz The 67th Montana Legislature adjourned on Thursday, April...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 29, 2021

Separation of Powers Crisis, Recreational Marijuana Bill on the Move, Anti-Trans Bills Split Votes

Republican Lawmakers Locked in Battle with State Supreme Court over "Judicial Transparency" As the Montana Legislature nears the close of its...

 

As Mobile Home Parks See Major Rent Spikes, Montana Legislature Has Little Appetite for Affordable Housing Solutions

Mobile home parks are one of the last strongholds of reliable affordable housing in Montana, helping people of a wide range of income levels become...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 15, 2021

Week 13: Marijuana bills advance largely unchanged, state budget clears Senate

Montana Senate Passes State Budget Bill, Rejects Attempt to End Medicaid Expansion The state budget is on the move again in the Montana Legislature...

 

As "Compromise" Public Health Regulation Bill Nears Law, Public Health Officer Reflects on a Year of Scrutiny

Butte-Silver Bow County Health Officer Karen Sullivan was enjoying a drink in a Butte brewery after work when she said she got the call. For two...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 8, 2021

Money Moves and Health Care Transparency Blues in Week 13 of the Montana Legislature

Montana House Approves Draft of Bill to Spend $3 Billion in Federal COVID-19 Relief; Senate Panel Advances Budget Ahead of a key deadline on April 8,...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 1, 2021

Week 12: State Budget Clears House, Lawmakers Consider Criminal Justice and Ag Bills

Montana House of Representatives Advances State Budget in Partisan Vote The state budget cleared another major hurdle in the Montana Legislature after...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 18, 2021

Legislature kicks off second half with bills combating drug trafficking, limiting Gov.'s emergency powers and changes to public education

Lawmakers Hear Bill to Combat Drug, Sex Trafficking in Montana A bill drafted with the help of former Republican state Senator Dr. Al Olszewski would...

 
 By Austin Amestoy    News    March 4, 2021

Montana Legislature Brings Vaccine Exemption and Broadband Expansion Bills as Lawmakers Rush to Meet Key Deadline

Lawmakers Race to Introduce Bills Before Key Deadline; House Committee Holds Marathon Hearings As the Legislature approaches the halfway point of the...

 

In Week 7 of the Montana Legislature: Privacy Protections, Voting Restrictions, Bison Bills and Pandemic Preparedness

Montana Constitutional Amendment would Establish Protections for Electronic Messages The Montana Legislature is considering a bill proponents say...

 

"No One Can Stop Them:" Meet the Families Behind the Push for Insurance Coverage for Montana's Deaf Children

Nine years ago, doctors diagnosed Caden Shrauger with stage-four neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that developed in his nerve cells and spread throughout...

 

Skilled Laborers are in Short Supply in Montana. Lawmakers Hope Education Tax Credits Can Help.

Casey Olson has been on a drill rig since 1991. Back then, Olson worked at a mineral exploration company, and though the work was “break-back,...

 

Public Health Boards Under the Microscope in Montana Legislature

HELENA -- The COVID-19 pandemic brought a flood of new orders and guidelines from local health departments for businesses across Montana, including...

 

Gianforte gives State of the State Address, House advances abortion bills; debate on 'sanctuary' cities gets heated

Gov. Gianforte Promises a "Montana Comeback" in First State of the State Address Gov. Greg Gianforte, the first Republican governor in 16 years in...

 

Lawmakers hear arguments on transgender healthcare, abortion in controversial week

Anti-Transgender Bills Draw Opponents Lawmakers have advanced two measures aimed at banning transgender women and girls from playing women's sports...

 

First Week of 67th Legislative Session sees new Governor, COVID-19 plans and gun bills

Legislature, Gov. Gianforte offer COVID-19 plans as first legislator tests positive HELENA -- A bill to reduce COVID-19 liability for Montana...

 

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