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House leaders OK simple dress code, drop stricter one

House leaders OK simple dress code, drop stricter one

HELENA — The controversy over a dress code for the Montana House of Representatives is over.

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Montana House to modify controversial Legislature dress code

Montana House to modify controversial Legislature dress code

HELENA — New House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said Monday he is in discussions with Democratic leaders on how to modify a controversial new House dress code that has drawn widespread criticism and national media attention.

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Commissioner: Planned Parenthood Advocates violated Montana campaign laws

Commissioner: Planned Parenthood Advocates violated Montana campaign laws

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana violated state law in its campaign against a Billings Republican in the 2014 elections, the state Commissioner of Political Practices has ruled.

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Legislator wants Homestake rail line rebuilt; railroad not so enthusiastic

Legislator wants Homestake rail line rebuilt; railroad not so enthusiastic

BUTTE — State Sen. Jim Keane wants the BNSF Railroad to seriously consider rebuilding and reusing the line over Homestake Pass, saying it would increase its capacity and delivery times for freight passing through Montana.

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Zinke outraised, outspent Lewis by more than 2-to-1

Zinke outraised, outspent Lewis by more than 2-to-1

HELENA — Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke raised and spent more than twice as much money as his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, in the race for Montana’s open House seat this year.

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Dems says House proposed rule changes hurt minority party

Dems says House proposed rule changes hurt minority party

HELENA — Two proposed rules adopted by a House committee last week would dramatically affect the rights of the minority party, Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, said.

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House dress code requires that women be 'sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines'

House dress code requires that women be 'sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines'

HELENA — Some Democratic legislators are critical and social media posters are having a field day ridiculing a strict new dress code for the floor of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

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City Council will offer final instructions to city lobbyist Monday

The Billings City Council will have its final crack at further shaping or amending the city’s 2015 state legislative priorities during its Monday meeting.

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Legislative leaders support investing in public works, but disagree how to fund it

HELENA — Incoming Republican and Democratic legislative leaders agreed Thursday that the state needs to make a major investment in infrastructure in 2015 but disagreed over how best to pay for it.

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Ideas to reduce transiency, public intoxication start to percolate

Ideas to reduce transiency, public intoxication start to percolate

City, business and social service leaders continued to collect and report on ideas for dealing with and helping the Billings inebriate and transient population during a second follow-up Wednesday to October’s two-day Community Innovations summit.

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Health forum participants rally for expanding Medicaid

Health forum participants rally for expanding Medicaid

HELENA — The fate of a proposal for the state to provide health coverage for 70,000 low-income people rests with legislators after Gov. Steve Bullock vowed to ask the Montana Legislature to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

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Some lawmakers want to increase interstate speed limit to 80 mph

Some lawmakers want to increase interstate speed limit to 80 mph

HELENA — Four legislators are having separate bills drafted for the 2015 session to raise the daytime speed limit on Montana interstate highways from 75 mph to 80 mph, and in one case, 85 mph.

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Speaker names legislators Montana House committees

Speaker names legislators Montana House committees

HELENA — House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, has announced the following chairs and members of Montana House committees for the 2015 Legislature:

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New speaker says Republicans have followed legal advice on caucuses

New speaker says Republicans have followed legal advice on caucuses

HELENA — The incoming House speaker said legislative Republicans have followed the advice from the legislative legal staff on open-meeting requirements concerning party caucuses.

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Governor's budget freezes tuition, not expenditures, Montana universities say

Governor's budget freezes tuition, not expenditures, Montana universities say

MISSOULA — During its meeting last week in Missoula, the state Board of Regents praised the biennial budget presented by Gov. Steve Bullock, but cautioned that while it freezes tuition for another two years, it doesn’t freeze the rising costs of higher education.

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Media seek contempt of court against House GOP over apparent illegal caucus

Media seek contempt of court against House GOP over apparent illegal caucus

HELENA — A Helena judge on Friday set a show-cause hearing for Dec. 9 on whether the Montana House Republican caucus should be found in contempt for holding an unannounced Nov. 13 meeting in apparent violation of state law.

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Panel compromises on state revenue estimate

HELENA — After deadlocking along partisan lines on setting a general-fund revenue estimate, the majority of a bipartisan legislative committee agreed Thursday to split the difference on two key tax sources.

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Lawmakers will take first stab at projecting revenue

Lawmakers will take first stab at projecting revenue

HELENA — An interim legislative committee on Thursday will come up with the first estimate of projected state tax revenues for the next two fiscal years.

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GOP group censures Sen. Tutvedt for undermining credibility of local Republicans

GOP group censures Sen. Tutvedt for undermining credibility of local Republicans

HELENA — The Flathead County Republican Central Committee has unanimously censured veteran Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, for misconduct and undermining the credibility of local Republicans.

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Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sought to enlist the business community to help him promote to skeptical lawmakers a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana.

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