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By Austin Amestoy
UM Legislative News Service UM School of Journalism 

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

Series: Legislative Roundup | Story 6

Austin Amestoy / UM Legislative News Service

Members of the Montana House of Representatives listen to debate on House Bill 2 -- the state budget bill -- during an all-day meeting on Monday. The body took up the task of debating and amending HB 2 after the House Appropriations Committee wrapped up its job of assembling the initial budget proposal. The budget, which appropriates money to fund state programs for the next two years, currently sits at about $12.5 billion -- 1.2 percent less than Gov. Greg Gianforte's proposed budget.

Montana House of Representatives Advances State Budget in Partisan Vote

The state budget cleared another major hurdle in the Montana Legislature after lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed it down party lines on Wednesday, March 24, with all 67 Republicans voting in favor and 33 Democrats against.

House Bill 2 determines how much money state agencies will...

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