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Legislative Republicans' Medicaid plan would not accept federal cash

Legislative Republicans' Medicaid plan would not accept federal cash

HELENA — Legislative Republicans Wednesday unveiled their proposals to expand health coverage for low-income Montanans — but it does not include accepting new federal money that would cover 70,000 additional people.

January 02, 2015 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: What’s on Legislature’s agenda for 2015?

The start of the 2015 Montana Legislature is more than nine months and two elections away, but the list of potential legislation is already 76 bills long.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

GOP opponents of Medicaid-expansion measure say it should still be disqualified

HELENA — Republican critics of a proposed ballot measure to expand Medicaid coverage in Montana said Thursday it should be disqualified — even if supporters made a language fix suggested by Attorney General Tim Fox.

January 23, 2014 4:58 pmLoading…

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.

November 23, 2013 5:51 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Coal exports will boost Montana economy

When it comes to developing our energy resources, Montanans have grown accustomed to the federal government getting in the way. But as coal development projects in the state move forward, the latest roadblock is coming from right here in Montana. On a recent visit to the Crow Nation, we lear…

November 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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


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…
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



Gazette opinion: Time grows short for child abuse legislation

Last year, Montana’s Child and Family Service Division completed 8,060 investigations of child abuse and neglect reports involving 11,835 children. Abuse or neglect was substantiated in 2,037 investigations, including:

March 31, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Panel kills tax bills to help lower-income people

HELENA — The Republican-controlled Senate Taxation Committee on Tuesday rejected three Democratic bills aimed at helping low- and moderate-income Montanans.

March 19, 2013 6:57 pmLoading…
Montana Senate supports bear-hunting measure

Montana Senate supports bear-hunting measure

HELENA — The Senate is backing a bill that reduces from five days to 24 hours the time hunters have to wait after purchasing a license to hunt black bears.

March 19, 2013 4:14 pm Related Loading…
Bill allows mediation on property value disputes

Bill allows mediation on property value disputes

HELENA — Representatives of a number of Montana industries backed a bill Tuesday to allow property owners to go to mediation if they dispute the state Revenue Department’s assessed valuation of their property.

February 19, 2013 5:33 pm Related Loading…
Discounted licenses cost FWP $4 million

Discounted licenses cost FWP $4 million

If you are old, young, a veteran, former Montana resident or handicapped, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has a deal for you.

January 20, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Let's resolve to strengthen child protection laws in 2013

In recent years, stories of horrific child abuse in Montana have become all too frequent: children violently killed by their parents or other adult caregivers; infants and toddlers suffering broken bones; children molested by adults; children exposed to meth distribution and production, and …

January 13, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevenville

Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevenville


January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

GOP primary voters favoring return of past leaders

HELENA — Former House Speaker Scott Sales of Bozeman cleared his Republican primary, paving the way for his return to the Legislature, but the GOP's legislative incumbents faced mixed results after Tuesday's vote.

June 06, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

Candidates spending big money on legislative primary battles

HELENA — The state’s most expensive legislative primary battles this spring are in Polson and the Flathead Valley, with one featuring two Republican incumbents and the other a leading Republican lawmaker trying to fend off a challenge from the right.

May 25, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…

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