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Montana State Legislature
Candidates vying for an open state Senate seat in Missoula face a possible recount after unofficial results had them separated by just seven votes.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock spent much of Wednesday on the phone congratulating both Democrats and Republicans who won legislative races and saying he hopes they again can find common ground on some key issues.
The Montana Legislature adjourned nearly four weeks ago, but the 150 members are being asked to pass judgment one more time on 17 bills.
HELENA - Republican legislative leaders have yet to send more than 100 bills to Gov. Brian Schweitzer as the session enters its final days, likely reducing the Democratic governor's ability to request changes to the measures already passed by lawmakers.
Once again, Montanan lawmakers are debating the merits of switching from regular sessions held once every two years to annual sessions.
HELENA — If the Senate majority has its way, voters will decide in 2012 whether Montana should switch to annual legislative sessions instead of the current every-other-year gatherings.
Ed Bartlett talks about his work as a lobbyist in the Montana legislature for the past three decades.
HELENA — Soon after the 2011 Montana Legislature convened Monday, top Republican and Democratic leaders immediately began staking out their respective battle lines over state budget issues.
HELENA - The Montana GOP is confident a rising tide of conservative politics nationwide will trickle down into the state's local races and give Republicans full control of the Legislature for the first time in six years.