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Bullock vetoes draw GOP criticism

Bullock vetoes draw GOP criticism

HELENA — Republican legislators on Tuesday criticized the number of vetoes by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and some specific ones.

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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.

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Was fate of Medicaid expansion bill decided by mistaken vote?

Was fate of Medicaid expansion bill decided by mistaken vote?

HELENA — Did Medicaid expansion in Montana die Friday because of a mistakenly cast vote?

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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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GOP legislators' hopes of large tax cuts dimming

GOP legislators' hopes of large tax cuts dimming

HELENA — With two weeks left in the 2013 Legislature, the Republican majority’s hopes of passing tens — if not hundreds — of millions of dollars of tax cuts appear to be fading.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Major school-funding bill scheduled for House hearing; amendments coming

Major school-funding bill scheduled for House hearing; amendments coming

HELENA — The session’s major school-funding bill, which easily passed the Senate more than a month ago, finally has a hearing scheduled in the House — but it will be amended, its sponsor said this week.

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Montana lawmakers consider longer term limits

Montana lawmakers consider longer term limits

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.

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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.

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Montana House re-enacts 1913 session

Montana House re-enacts 1913 session

HELENA—The Montana House of Representatives turned back the clock 100 years Tuesday as members debated the raging issues of the era.

March 05, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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Big differences between GOP, Dems exist at Legislature’s midpoint

Big differences between GOP, Dems exist at Legislature’s midpoint

HELENA — As Montana lawmakers departed Helena on Thursday for their mid-session break, they agreed on at least one thing: substantial differences on taxes, spending, health care and other big issues are unresolved and need plenty of elbow grease in the Legislature’s second half.

February 28, 2013 4:50 pm Photos

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House, Senate moving toward key deadline without problems, leaders say

House, Senate moving toward key deadline without problems, leaders say

HELENA — The presiding officers of the state House and Senate said Tuesday their respective chambers are completing their work on general legislation expeditiously and expect to meet the Feb. 28 transmittal deadline without any problems.

February 19, 2013 6:51 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Technology would save state time, money

Go to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority website and you’ll see an online application for the state’s Medicaid program.

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Lawmakers seeking plenty of constitutional amendments

Lawmakers seeking plenty of constitutional amendments

HELENA — Montana legislators have proposed 22 different constitutional amendments so far this session, but they’ve already dropped a number of them.

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Gazette opinion: Bullock, lawmakers must keep pledges to work together

With his kindergartner, second-grader and fifth-grader sitting in the front row, Gov. Steve Bullock devoted half of his State of the State speech to education — from early childhood to college and job training.

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Republicans like parts of Bullock speech, disagree on others

Republicans like parts of Bullock speech, disagree on others

HELENA — Republican legislative leaders praised Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for agreeing to put the state budget online, starting Thursday, but disagreed on a number of other issues in his State of the State address.

January 30, 2013 9:51 pm Photos

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House is off Saturday, but still gets paid; Butte senator upset

House is off Saturday, but still gets paid; Butte senator upset

HELENA — The House is taking Saturday off, but the Senate intends to work.

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Will GOP lawmakers use referendums to avoid vetoes again this session?

Will GOP lawmakers use referendums to avoid vetoes again this session?

HELENA — Republican legislators may borrow a page from their 2011 playbook and put some controversial issues directly on the ballot as referendums to avoid a governor’s veto.

January 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Montana leaders can give D.C. civics lessons

Both President Barack Obama and his congressional adversaries have shown themselves to be better at making tough talk to each other than making the tough choices necessary for the country. Their response to the so-called “fiscal cliff” did not involve a single tough decision and actually inc…

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Inexperienced legislators work to get up to speed for 2013 session

Inexperienced legislators work to get up to speed for 2013 session

HELENA — When the 100 members of the Montana House of Representatives took their oaths of office last week, nearly three-fourths of them had less than two years of legislative experience.

January 14, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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