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HELENA — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke told state lawmakers that while Montana's public lands are sacred, federal mismanagement is such that it's time to take a stand.
HELENA — On the heels of a district judge's ruling against the law, legislators considered on Friday whether to strike a voter-enacted ban on gay marriage from the Montana Constitution.
HELENA — All in one day, Montana lawmakers heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would provide protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and other people in the state.
HELENA — House Republicans said Thursday they are splitting Gov. Steve Bullock’s single infrastructure bill into at least seven separate bills and would eliminate most of the governor’s proposed use of bonding to finance projects.
HELENA — Republican lawmakers added two more bills to their tax-cutting mix Thursday: One that chops state income tax rates and another that overhauls and simplifies the income tax, with fewer brackets and lower rates.
A Billings legislator has reintroduced a bill that would encourage high school teachers to present evolutionary biology as disputed theory rather than sound science and protect those who teach viewpoints like creationism in the classroom.
HELENA — The Montana House on Wednesday endorsed a bill giving the governor power to overrule the Board of Pardons and Parole on clemency decisions for felons — a measure spurred in part by the case of convicted murderer Barry Beach.
The Judiciary Committee took aim at a series of firearm bills during first readings in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, including what seems to be an almost semi-annual submission dealing with gun suppressors.
HELENA — A Republican’s proposal to block any expansion of the Affordable Care Act in Montana without legislative approval prompted a miniature debate on health care reform Monday, as Democrats attacked the measure for blocking health care solutions.
HELENA — In an unusual turn at the Legislature last week, three “whistleblower” state workers showed up in Helena to allege serious problems with the state’s processes to verify and approve welfare benefits.
HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide millions of dollars of one-time and permanent state income tax cuts.
HELENA — After battling during the 2013 Legislature, the Montana Brewers Association and Montana Tavern Association have agreed on a compromise bill that would allow microbreweries to own an on-premise sales license like bar owners.
HELENA — The Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill to require state government to again publish a phone directory every two years listing all state employees, their phone numbers and email addresses.
HELENA — Hearings on three bills by Republicans to cut taxes prompted discussions Tuesday on whether the money should be returned, how it should be distributed and if it would stimulate the economy.
Enshrining trapping in the Montana Constitution by changing only a couple words drew equal measures of support and opposition during a House Fish, Wildlife and Parks hearing on Tuesday in Helena.
HELENA — For firms installing solar-power systems on homes and businesses in Montana, the market is limited — but a coalition of odd political bedfellows at the 2015 Legislature wants to expand it.
HELENA — Financial and political questions surfaced last week after Gov. Steve Bullock’s nearly $400 million infrastructure bill had its first hearing.
BOZEMAN — A bill being drafted by a Billings legislator would ban cellphone use while driving in Montana.
BOZEMAN — The forester surveyed his handiwork from a timbered rise, a can of paint still clutched in his hand. The lodgepole pines had been his canvas and, like a minimalist painter, he had left flashes of orange on only those trees that met his discerning eye.
State Sen. David Howard, R-Park City, shared these posts to Facebook. He has since taken them down.
HELENA — Marijuana once again will be an issue at the Legislature, with a number of bills anticipated, from possibly decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot to banning medical marijuana.
HELENA — The 2015 Legislature kicks into full gear this week, with a packed calendar of hearings and events. Issues topping the agenda include welfare, the state parole board, taxes and utilities.
HELENA — If the Legislature really wants to solve Montana’s mental health care crisis, a simple solution exists, a Democratic state senator said Thursday: expand Medicaid.
HELENA — Annette Russ told a legislative budget panel Thursday that when her son was released from Montana State Prison recently, he had a 10-day furlough and no medication for his schizophrenia — and quickly had a “psychotic episode.”
HELENA — Republicans who are suing the state to end open primary elections are appealing a district judge's order denying their request to close elections while the case is being decided.