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2023 Legislative Wrap Up

 — Updated 5/9/2023

 By Elinor Smith    News

Trio of Anti-Abortion Bills Near Final Debates in Montana Legislature

HELENA – When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, it put abortion in the state on the line during the 2023 Montana Legislature. Now, lawmakers will soon have... — Updated 4/3/2023


Budget, Taxes, Education and Social Issues Likely to Dominate Legislature's Second Half

The 68th Montana Legislature, with an unprecedented Republican supermajority, is halfway through its 90-day session and the next 45 days promise to be dominated by debates over the... — Updated 3/14/2023


Legislative Roundup - Week 9

 — Updated 3/7/2023

 By Elinor Smith    News

Proposed Legislation Aims to Crack Down on Human Trafficking

HELENA – Sen. Jodee Etchart, R-Billings, told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 11 that according to stats from the Department of Justice, human trafficking in Montana has risen roughly 300 percent from 2021 to... — Updated 1/19/2023

 By Elinor Smith    News

Lawmakers hear testimony on grant program for training to coordinate missing person searches

HELENA – Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would provide $61,000 of the state's money to pay for a grant program for training local, community-led teams to help coo... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Elinor Smith    News

Legislators sworn in for 2023 session

HELENA – Lawmakers from across the state gathered in Helena Monday to be sworn in for the start of the 2023 Montana legislative session. Republicans hold a majority in both the... — Updated 1/4/2023


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