House Bill 5 is a 34-page funding plan for building up Montana.
HELENA — Several proposed rules causing a rift in the Montana House may be changed or abandoned, including one giving the House speaker more power to redirect bills to a committee where a bill may be more easily killed, lawmakers said Monday.
HELENA — On a fall bird-hunting trip in northeast Montana in 2009, Austin Knudsen and two close friends spoke frankly about the future of the state and whether they should try to change things for the better.
HELENA — With the 64th legislative session set to convene Monday, Republicans and Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock seem miles apart on their top priorities and pledges to work together seem few and far between.
In the final days of the 2013 Montana Legislature, the major public education legislation of the session – Senate Bill 175 – had been passed by the Senate, and passed as amended on second House reading. The bill had gotten that far despite efforts of Senate and House leadership to kill it.
MISSOULA — Montana Republicans will hit the ground running next week when the 2015 Legislature convenes in Helena, and while they agree with the state’s Democratic governor on several points, the similarities quickly diverge.
HELENA — The course of the 2015 Montana Legislature may hinge on the battle over an obscure rule change in the Montana House.
Hy•poc•ri•sy- noun- The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
HELENA — New House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said Monday he is in discussions with Democratic leaders on how to modify a controversial new House dress code that has drawn widespread criticism and national media attention.
Gentlemen, please loosen your bolo ties.
HELENA — Two proposed rules adopted by a House committee last week would dramatically affect the rights of the minority party, Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, said.
HELENA — Some Democratic legislators are critical and social media posters are having a field day ridiculing a strict new dress code for the floor of the 2015 Montana Legislature.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed Monday that the state invest more than $300 million in infrastructure across Montana in a single bill, with about two-thirds of the money coming from money raised by issuing debt and one-third from cash.
Last week, representatives elected on Nov. 4 to the Montana House met secretly in the basement of a Helena restaurant for a GOP caucus.
HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.
HELENA — State Republicans easily held their majorities in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, maintaining a 29-21 margin in the state Senate for the 2015 session and carving out a 59-41 majority in the House — a loss of two seats from the current House makeup.
Eastern Montana is seeing unprecedented growth as a result of the Bakken development. This impact comes not only from drilling and related activities in Montana, but also from “spillover” into Montana from North Dakota. These impacts are real, they are in many cases severe, and they need addressing.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to announce a $45 million aid package for Eastern Montana communities overwhelmed by the Bakken oil boom.
Just who is Montana Attorney General Tim Fox working for anyway?
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