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House passes bill to allow governor clemency powers

House passes bill to allow governor clemency powers

HELENA — The House has passed a bill that would allow the governor of Montana to grant clemency to prisoners even if the state parole board re…

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U.S. Rep. Zinke: It's time to take a stand on public lands

U.S. Rep. Zinke: It's time to take a stand on public lands

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke told state lawmakers that while Montana's public lands are sacred, federal mismanagement is such that it's time …

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Montana lawmakers consider deleting law banning gay marriage

Montana lawmakers consider deleting law banning gay marriage

HELENA — On the heels of a district judge's ruling against the law, legislators considered on Friday whether to strike a voter-enacted ban on …

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Senate panel tables bill adding gay protections to law

Senate panel tables bill adding gay protections to law

HELENA — All in one day, Montana lawmakers heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would provide protections for gay, lesbi…

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Wyoming House panel OKs resolution on wild horse population

Wyoming House panel OKs resolution on wild horse population

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state House Agriculture Committee has endorsed a resolution calling on Congress to address the over population of wild ho…

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Bills to expand net-metering killed by Senate panel

HELENA — A state Senate committee Thursday put the kibosh on two bills that would expand “net metering,” which is meant to offset the cost of …

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House Republicans splitting Bullock's infrastructure bill

House Republicans splitting Bullock's infrastructure bill

HELENA — House Republicans said Thursday they are splitting Gov. Steve Bullock’s single infrastructure bill into at least seven separate bills…

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Engstrom, Cruzado update committee on higher-ed accountability measures

Engstrom, Cruzado update committee on higher-ed accountability measures

HELENA — The commissioner of higher education and presidents of Montana State University and the University of Montana told a legislative budg…

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Lawmaker wants to keep sex offenders from living near kids

Lawmaker wants to keep sex offenders from living near kids

HELENA — Some convicted sex offenders could not live within 300 feet of schools or other facilities frequented by children under a bill Montan…

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Bill to reduce income taxes heard by Senate panel

Bill to reduce income taxes heard by Senate panel

HELENA — A Colstrip lawmaker proposes taking $350 million from the state's rainy day fund to reduce income taxes.

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More GOP income tax bills tossed into the mix

More GOP income tax bills tossed into the mix

HELENA — Republican lawmakers added two more bills to their tax-cutting mix Thursday: One that chops state income tax rates and another that o…

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'Anti-evolution' bill would protect HS teachers who teach creationism

'Anti-evolution' bill would protect HS teachers who teach creationism

A Billings legislator has reintroduced a bill that would encourage high school teachers to present evolutionary biology as disputed theory rat…

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Bullock urges closing of wage gap

HELENA — Citing his mother’s experience, Gov. Steve Bullock put in a strong pitch to legislators Wednesday for his administration’s bills aime…

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GOP senator blasts Bullock public works plan as too much, too late

GOP senator blasts Bullock public works plan as too much, too late

HELENA — A Republican Senate leader on Wednesday night called Gov. Steve Bullock a Johnny-come-lately when it comes to investing in Montana’s …

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Bullock’s State of State: A Montana where we help others, while we succeed

Bullock’s State of State: A Montana where we help others, while we succeed

Gov. Steve Bullock, in his second State of the State address, said Montana is prospering overall – but called on the 2015 Legislature Wednesda…

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Judge dismisses media complaint against Republican caucus

HELENA — A state judge has dismissed an effort by media groups that sought to have the House Republican Caucus held in contempt of court for h…

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Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday took extensive testimony on a series of bills aimed at addressing the issue of human traf…

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K-12 school funding bill advances early this session

K-12 school funding bill advances early this session

HELENA — The 2015 legislative session’s major school-funding bill, increasing state spending on public schools by $54 million the next two yea…

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Election officials pitch online voter registration

Election officials pitch online voter registration

HELENA — State and local election officials endorsed a bill Wednesday to allow citizens to register to vote online if they have a valid Montan…

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House endorses bill giving governor more power over clemency for convicts

House endorses bill giving governor more power over clemency for convicts

HELENA — The Montana House on Wednesday endorsed a bill giving the governor power to overrule the Board of Pardons and Parole on clemency deci…

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