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Guest opinion: Bipartisan coalition created Montana's Election Day registration

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.

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Gazette opinion: Students need governor’s signature on SB175

The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.

April 25, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

The long campaign to replace Montana State University Billings' outdated Science Building got its biggest boost ever this weekend when the House approved a bill that would appropriate $10 million from the general fund toward the $15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.

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Montana Senate panel opposes Sexton confirmation

Montana Senate panel opposes Sexton confirmation

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.

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Senate seeks to kill FWP land purchases

Senate seeks to kill FWP land purchases

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.

April 17, 2013 2:00 pm Related Loading…
Montana House supports 2 proposed election referendums

Montana House supports 2 proposed election referendums

HELENA — After lengthy debates, the House on Tuesday endorsed two proposed referendums dealing with elections.

April 16, 2013 6:19 pm Related Loading…
Montana Senate approves pay bill after rejecting effort to add money

Montana Senate approves pay bill after rejecting effort to add money

HELENA — The Montana Senate on Monday endorsed a bill to provide pay raises for state employees over the next two years.

April 15, 2013 7:06 pm Photos

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State pay raise bill advances, but no more money added

HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.

April 12, 2013 8:52 pmLoading…
Most referendum measures find approval

Most referendum measures find approval

HELENA — The Senate and House endorsed all but one of the referendums before them Thursday, but not without some controversy.

April 04, 2013 8:47 pm Photos

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GOP lawmakers drop in late referendum bills

GOP lawmakers drop in late referendum bills

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.

April 03, 2013 7:33 pmLoading…
Senate advances watered-down charter school bill; House endorses other school choice bill

Senate advances watered-down charter school bill; House endorses other school choice bill

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.

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GOP Senate group working on private health insurance solution for poor Montanans

GOP Senate group working on private health insurance solution for poor Montanans

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.

April 02, 2013 7:53 pm Photos

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Bill to overhaul campaign finance law passes

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.

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Power industry, environmentalists behind study of Montana’s renewable-power mandate

Power industry, environmentalists behind study of Montana’s renewable-power mandate

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.

January 17, 2013 5:15 pmLoading…
Sen. Alan Olson, R-Roundup

Sen. Alan Olson, R-Roundup

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January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Check out bill ideas pouring into Helena

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.

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Legislative committee crafts new laws for electric co-ops

Legislative committee crafts new laws for electric co-ops

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.

July 17, 2012 4:30 pm Photos

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Western Energy Alliance lobbies Congress for rule changes

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.

April 24, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Legislative panel considers options in wake of Southern Montana co-op meltdown

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.

January 13, 2012 5:57 pmLoading…

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