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Gas tax, other items on the agenda for Legislature this week

HELENA — The Montana Legislature will begin its fourth week on Monday with a full slate of hearings on a variety of bills coming up.

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Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

HELENA — In an unusual turn at the Legislature last week, three “whistleblower” state workers showed up in Helena to allege serious problems w…

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Ryan Zinke said he viewed 'American Sniper' inspiration as commander, father

Ryan Zinke said he viewed 'American Sniper' inspiration as commander, father

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke knew Chris Kyle, the subject of “American Sniper,” when Zinke was commander of special forces in the Fallujah area of Ira…

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Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

HELENA — Expect a debate at the Capitol over how much tax revenue the state can expect to collect this year and the next two fiscal years.

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House committee advances income tax cut bills

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide million…

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Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

HELENA — Business owners, including a Republican state senator, turned out Friday to support a plan by Democratic state Auditor Monica Lindeen…

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Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

About 50 supporters told a legislative panel Friday that Gov. Steve Bullock's $37 million plan for public preschool is a worthy investment.

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Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

HELENA — A Montana legislator proposed Friday that domestic abusers receive additional punishment if the victim is pregnant.

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Bill giving governor more power over clemency for inmates advances easily

Bill giving governor more power over clemency for inmates advances easily

HELENA — A bill giving the governor power to overrule the Board of Pardons and Parole on clemency decisions — spurred in part by the case of c…

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Microbrewers, Tavern Association compromise on brewery, license bill

Microbrewers, Tavern Association compromise on brewery, license bill

HELENA — After battling during the 2013 Legislature, the Montana Brewers Association and Montana Tavern Association have agreed on a compromis…

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Lawmaker wants to raise gas tax by 5 cents a gallon

Lawmaker wants to raise gas tax by 5 cents a gallon

HELENA — A Missoula lawmaker has introduced a bill to raise the state’s tax on gasoline by a nickel a gallon, dividing the proceeds between lo…

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Senate OKs bill on how top political cop is picked

HELENA — The Senate on Thursday endorsed a bill changing how the state commissioner of political practices is chosen and adding certain qualif…

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Senate OKs bills to put electronics in privacy laws

HELENA — The state Senate approved two bills Thursday that would update peeping Tom and indecent exposure laws to prohibit committing those cr…

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Restricted driver’s license bill turned down

Restricted driver’s license bill turned down

HELENA — In an unusual move, the Senate on Thursday rejected a bill it had earlier endorsed to allow restricted-use driving permits to be issu…

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Ohio governor talks about Medicaid expansion, federal budget

Ohio governor talks about Medicaid expansion, federal budget

HELENA — Ohio Gov. John Kasich visited the Montana Legislature Wednesday to promote a federal balanced-budget amendment — but also got into wh…

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GOP bill: Hire outside vendor to check for welfare fraud

GOP bill: Hire outside vendor to check for welfare fraud

HELENA — A Republican state senator from Billings Wednesday presented a key piece of GOP plans to reform Medicaid and public-assistance progra…

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Bill would end governor's power to appoint U.S. senators

Bill would end governor's power to appoint U.S. senators

HELENA — The Montana governor would lose the power to fill U.S. senator vacancies under legislation being considered by lawmakers for the third time.

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Restricted-use driver license bill advances

Restricted-use driver license bill advances

HELENA — The Montana State Senate, on a preliminary vote Wednesday, approved a bill to allow restricted-use driving permits to be issued to dr…

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FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery

FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery

EDITOR'S NOTE — An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story

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Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

HELENA — Montana’s congressional delegation split along party lines Monday night with Democratic Sen. Jon Tester praising President Barack Oba…

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