A Montana district court recently ruled that Montana laws dealing with the wild or domestic status of bison are “ambiguous.” Those laws certainly are complicated, and for good reason.
HELENA — A commission’s last-minute reassignment of two state senators to new central Montana districts was a political move to allow another state senator from Conrad to run for re-election in 2014, and should be thrown out, a lawyer for citizens in one of the districts argued Friday.
HELENA — The Senate on Wednesday endorsed the two major bills seeking to repair Montana’s financially troubled pension funds for teachers and public employees.
HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.
HELENA — A Senate committee on Wednesday tabled the bill that would have appropriated nearly $100 million in state cash for some new university system building projects and renovations and a new Montana Historical Society building.
HELENA — A $180 million state plan to build education and other buildings in order to spur jobs is hitting a roadblock.
HELENA — The state's main budget bill hit a Senate committee Wednesday as competing priorities threaten to chew through a projected surplus.
HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.
HELENA — A last-minute change in the assignment of two “holdover” senators in Montana’s newly drawn Senate districts shortchanges the voting rights of people in a new central Montana district and should be thrown out, a lawsuit says.
HELENA — The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rejected an attempt to approve the bill to raise state employees’ base pay by 5 percent in each of the next two years.
HELENA—State employees, some struggling to get by, offered a compelling case for a pay raise when they testified at a legislative hearing last week.
HELENA — A bill introduced Tuesday would add "video line games" — which appear to resemble video slot machines games with multiple rows and columns — to the forms of legalized electronic gambling in Montana.
HELENA Growing fears that wild bison will be increasingly moved to new locations in the state — on both public and private land — are leading ranchers and others to ask the Legislature for more restrictions on the divisive animal.
Rep. Doug Kary of Billings has introduced into the 2011 Montana Legislature what he thinks is a pretty simple bill - one that would allow hunters to drive onto public lands with an official escort between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to retrieve downed game.