HELENA — A study of federal land management problems in Montana roiled a legislative panel Wednesday, as some members said the report has a “hidden agenda” of transferring ownership of federal lands to the state.
HELENA -- Some legislators were surprised to learn that a new pension-fix law increases contributions by workers and government agencies for only six months, but keeps in place lower cost-of-living pension adjustments for retirees possibly into the next decade.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law some major spending bills to fix Montana’s troubled pension systems, raise state employees’ salaries and pay for some new and renovated university system buildings.
HELENA -- The House on Monday gave final approval to one bill to fix one of Montana’s financially troubled pension funds and preliminarily endorsed another bill to address the other major plan.
HELENA -- A proposed pay raise for state employees is only one vote away from passing the Legislature and going to Gov. Steve Bullock for his consideration.
HELENA — The Senate on Wednesday endorsed the two major bills seeking to repair Montana’s financially troubled pension funds for teachers and public employees.
HELENA — A Senate committee on Tuesday approved two bills aimed at fixing Montana’s financially troubled pension funds after amending them further.
HELENA — The Bullock administration’s two bills attempting to fix Montana’s financially troubled government pension systems won approval in committee Friday.
HELENA — The Senate Administration Committee is considering a constitutional change that would increase the number of years a legislator can serve from eight to 16 years.
HELENA — The House will face a choice between two conflicting approaches to fixing Montana’s financially ailing pension systems.
HELENA — Some key executive action is coming in committees this week and figures to top the legislative agenda.
HELENA — With deadlines fast approaching, the Joint Select Committee on Pensions intends to vote on the major pension bills on March 12, its chairman said Tuesday.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s bill to repair the financially troubled Montana Public Employee Retirement System drew widespread support Thursday, except from groups upset with budget cuts to programs to help pay for the fix.
HELENA — Plenty of big issues are a long way from solved at the 2013 Legislature, but at least one looks like a sure thing: creating a multimillion-dollar fund to help Eastern Montana cities and counties deal with impacts from booming oil development.
HELENA — Montana legislators have proposed 22 different constitutional amendments so far this session, but they’ve already dropped a number of them.
HELENA – Should western Montana’s Lake County maintain its own Senate district – or should southern Lake County fall in with part of Missoula County?
HELENA — A bipartisan group of House members has hammered out a new, scaled-down public school funding proposal that still would take some oil and gas money from Eastern Montana districts to help fund schools statewide, lawmakers said Thursday.
HELENA — The Republican-led House on Monday backed a Montana budget plan that decreases spending primarily by rolling back social services, but also made same last-minute cuts to proposed education spending.
Republicans romped in rural Montana, upsetting six Democratic incumbents in early returns and easily holding onto seats vacated by term-limited incumbents.