When the 2005 Legislature passed the law that created Election Day voter registration in Montana, I was proud of our state, our legislature and our bipartisan coalition as we placed a commitment to democratic ideals ahead of partisanship.
The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.
The long campaign to replace Montana State University Billings' outdated Science Building got its biggest boost ever this weekend when the House approved a bill that would appropriate $10 million from the general fund toward the $15 million project.
HELENA -- On a party-line vote, the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee on Thursday recommended that the Senate not confirm Mary Sexton of Choteau to the state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.
Hunter dollars could not be spent on any land acquisitions or conservation easements under amendments the Senate has made to House Bill 5, the state’s major capital projects bill.
HELENA — After lengthy debates, the House on Tuesday endorsed two proposed referendums dealing with elections.
HELENA — The Montana Senate on Monday endorsed a bill to provide pay raises for state employees over the next two years.
HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.
HELENA — The Senate and House endorsed all but one of the referendums before them Thursday, but not without some controversy.
HELENA — At the 11th hour of this legislative session, some Republican lawmakers are dropping in referendums to put controversial issues directly before voters and bypass possible vetoes by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.
HELENA — The state Senate Wednesday endorsed a bill allowing public charter schools in Montana, but not before a razor-close vote watered down the proposal by limiting any new charter school’s independence from state education rules.
HELENA — A small group of Republican senators is working on a plan that would help poor, uninsured Montanans buy private health insurance at very little cost, starting next year.
HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.
HELENA — Utility companies and environmental groups on Thursday spoke in favor of a proposed legislative study of Montana’s nearly 8-year-old mandate for utilities to produce renewable power, saying it’s time to evaluate its impacts on industry, consumers and the state.
The 2013 Montana Legislature won’t convene for another four months, but its work is piling up. Lawmakers and interim committees have already requested at least 325 bill drafts.
Knowledge is power.
A state legislative committee is poised to seek new laws requiring wholesale and distribution electric cooperatives to be more open in conducting business and raising the bar for member approval before taking on major financial obligations.
CODY, Wyo. -- Members of the Western Energy Alliance headed to Washington, D.C., this week to lobby Congress for policy changes it believes are needed to ease oil and gas development across the West.
HELENA — A legislative committee on Friday stepped into the fray over the multimillion dollar bankruptcy of a Montana electric wholesale cooperative, asking staff to consider possible new laws requiring more member oversight of co-ops’ financial decisions.