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Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the 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.

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Helena & Lewis and Clark County: Politically `blue’? Not always

Helena & Lewis and Clark County: Politically `blue’? Not always

HELENA — As a “government town,” Helena and its county, Lewis and Clark, often are seen as reliably Democratic — but that’s not always the case.

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Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

A group of state Democratic legislators spent Thursday in the East Billings Urban Renewal District talking about ways to fix blighted neighborhoods.

May 01, 2014 6:23 pm Photos

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Democrats field candidates in each legislative race; contested primaries abound for both parties

HELENA -- Democrats fielded at least one candidate in every contested Montana House and Senate seat by the filing deadline Monday, and said they’re primed to challenge Republicans this election year for control of the 2015 Legislature.

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Lawmakers question Missoula megaload permits, fees

HELENA - A panel of Montana lawmakers on Tuesday questioned Missoula's requirement that companies pay $309 for a permit to move a megaload of oil-refinery equipment through the city, on top of the permit and fees already required by the state.

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Bullock draws mixed reviews in 1st year

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock gets mixed reviews, often but not always following party lines, for his first year as Montana’s chief executive.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

Taxpayers Association meets Dec. 5

HELENA — Speakers will discuss health care, oil-and-gas drilling, public pensions and state finances at the 92nd annual meeting of the Montana Taxpayers Association on Dec. 5 in Helena.

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Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

HELENA — On a party-line vote Friday, the Legislative Council rejected an attempt to subpoena emails, text messages and other correspondence to and from a state retirement board during its meeting last month.

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Group starts year-long process to improve Legislature

Group starts year-long process to improve Legislature

HELENA — A legislative panel this week begins a yearlong project to explore ways to reinvigorate a branch of government that some lawmakers believe is playing a lesser role since the passage of term limits.

October 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Moderate majority reached good compromises

Here's to working together. Here's to the slow, arduous pursuit of compromise. Here's to the overlooked, underappreciated, unglamorous middle ground. These days, we hear so much from the fringes that it's easy to forget that progress is possible.

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Reactions mixed to work of 2013 Legislature

Reactions mixed to work of 2013 Legislature

HELENA — After the gavels came down Wednesday on the 2013 Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock and legislative leaders had widely different assessments about what was accomplished — and what wasn’t — in the session.

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Governor, GOP working out final deal on budget, spending

Governor, GOP working out final deal on budget, spending

HELENA — Montana’s 2013 Legislature streaked toward an early close Tuesday, as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and House Republican legislative leaders worked late into the evening to craft a final budget and spending deal.

April 23, 2013 9:43 pm Photos

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Montana House accepts budget bill; lawmakers eye session’s imminent wrap-up

Montana House accepts budget bill; lawmakers eye session’s imminent wrap-up

HELENA — The 2013 Montana Legislature appears headed into its home stretch, as the House Thursday endorsed the session’s major budget bill and prepared to send it to the governor.

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One Montana tax simplification bill survives

One Montana tax simplification bill survives

HELENA -- Only one income tax simplification bill survived Monday, although its Senate sponsor was not happy with a series of House committee amendments that boost the costs of his bill.

April 15, 2013 9:30 pm Photos

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GOP alternatives to Medicaid expansion face long odds

GOP alternatives to Medicaid expansion face long odds

HELENA – Some legislative Republicans and others are scrambling to come up with an alternative to Medicaid expansion, instead using public funds to help uninsured, low-income Montanans buy private health insurance.

April 11, 2013 6:10 pm Related Loading…
Chuck Hunter

Chuck Hunter

Rep. Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, sits in a corner of a packed hearing room at the Capitol in preparation for testimony on Gov. Steve Bullock’s Medicaid expansion bill, which Hunter is sponsoring.

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Planned Parenthood calls fate of family-planning money 'incredibly disheartening'

HELENA — House Democrats have said it’s a “top priority” to restore to the state budget $4.6 million in federal funds for family-planning clinics across the state. But on Tuesday, as part of a deal on House Bill 2, they made no attempt to do so.

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Major tax bills listed

HELENA — Here are some major tax bills before the 2013 Legislature, their financial impact to the state general fund over the next two years and their status:

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Bullock unveils Medicaid bill, which includes `medical homes’ for expanded population

Bullock unveils Medicaid bill, which includes `medical homes’ for expanded population

HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday unveiled his proposal to expand government-funded health insurance for 70,000 low-income Montanans, saying the expansion of Medicaid can help transform how health care is delivered and paid for.

March 13, 2013 3:23 pm Photos

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Opponents of Medicaid expansion launch counter-attack

Opponents of Medicaid expansion launch counter-attack

HELENA — Conservative opponents of expanding Medicaid coverage for poor Montanans have launched a public-relations counter-attack, including mailers criticizing the expansion as a plan to put more people on “government-controlled health plans.”

March 12, 2013 7:39 pmLoading…

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