HELENA — A new Democratic governor and new Republican presiding officers of the Senate and House all pledged in speeches last week they would work together and across partisan lines to address Montana’s problems.
HELENA — Republicans are poised to keep control of the Legislature this election, because they’re promising an agenda to sweep away unneeded regulations and other policies that block jobs, GOP leaders said Monday.
From left, Gov. Brian Schweitzer meets with newly elected Republican leaders Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, president of the Senate, and Mike Milburn, R- Cascade, House speaker, in a November, 2010 effort to begin their working relationship on a positive note. Milburn and Peterson are urging Cov. …
HELENA — It’s hard to keep track of what’s happening with the state and federal government’s efforts to regulate or control medical marijuana in the state.
The documentary film “Code of the West,” which tells the story of the state’s medical marijuana political debate, will screen in four Montana communities this month, including Billings on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Bair Theater.
HELENA — Montana House Speaker Mike Milburn said Thursday he wouldn't change anything from the 2011 legislative session that saw his bill to repeal the state's medical marijuana law vetoed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Rep. Mike Milburn speaker of the Montana House and sponsor of House Bill 161 to repeal the Medical Marijuana Act. Milburn is scheduled to sit on a panel of pot advocates and opponents to discuss the fallout from a new state law and federal crackdown on medical marijuana operations.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have dropped the ball once again. The two parties are unable to make an agreement on how to reduce the national debt, unable to set aside their differences, their egos and their electoral agendas, and find a way to put our country first. It’s politics fi…
HELENA — Reactions were mixed Thursday to a district judge’s ruling temporarily blocking parts of more stringent 2011 medical marijuana law from taking effect Friday.
HELENA — Three public employee unions filed an unfair labor practice complaint Wednesday over the 2011 Legislature's refusal to pass the pay raises for state workers they had negotiated with Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Justice will be more effectively administered and more accessible to Montanans because two innovative programs survived the state budget battle that just ended in Helena.
HELENA — What's next for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has become a favorite guessing game in Capitol hallways and political circles as the popular Democrat nears the end of his final term, fresh off a legislative session where he took the lead battling the Tea Party wave.
HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Friday appointed former state Rep. Dave Gallik, D-Helena, to be the state's new political practices commissioner after the state Senate refused last month to confirm the governor's previous pick, Jennifer Hensley.
After 88 days of Republican leaders repeatedly ignoring our input, it is not surprising to hear them now cry foul and blame the governor for “breaking the budget deal.” Fact is, they didn’t listen much at all this session, so disregarding the budget agreement they signed seems to be right on cue.
As the leaders of the House and Senate for the 62nd legislative session, we strived to adhere to a higher standard of ethics that Montanans should expect from their elected officials. One of the basic ethical rules says: When you make a promise, keep it. We put the state’s budget on the gove…
HELENA -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer said late Tuesday that he believes Republicans broke the terms of a deal made with him on the state budget 10 days ago, and that he's free to veto the main budget bill and related items as he sees fit.
A day after the Legislature adjourned its biennial session, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, still had 51 bills to sign and send to the governor, according to legislative information. Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, had 22 bills to sign and have delivered to the executive off…
HELENA -- When lawmakers return to work this week, one of the remaining major issues they will face is the bill to tighten down Montana's booming medical marijuana industry and greatly restrict the product's availability to patients.
HELENA -- A bill to raise the state employees' pay wasn't part of the budget deal Friday night, but House will take up the stalled measure again next week, possibly tying the salary increases to an improved economy, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, said Friday night.
After coming to an agreement, from left, Sen. Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo; Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Rep. Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, sign the main budget bill, House Bill 2, in April 2011 in the governor's conference room.