Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

HELENA — A bill vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013 that sought to prevent local police from enforcing federal bans on semi-automatic weapons…

January 27, 2015 1:42 pmLoading…

Bill requiring legislative approval to expand Affordable Care Act prompts health care debate

Bill requiring legislative approval to expand Affordable Care Act prompts health care debate

HELENA — A Republican’s proposal to block any expansion of the Affordable Care Act in Montana without legislative approval prompted a miniatur…

January 26, 2015 5:29 pmLoading…

Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

HELENA — In an unusual turn at the Legislature last week, three “whistleblower” state workers showed up in Helena to allege serious problems w…

January 25, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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House committee advances income tax cut bills

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide million…

January 23, 2015 6:15 pmLoading…

Microbrewers, Tavern Association compromise on brewery, license bill

Microbrewers, Tavern Association compromise on brewery, license bill

HELENA — After battling during the 2013 Legislature, the Montana Brewers Association and Montana Tavern Association have agreed on a compromis…

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Bill advances to publish state phonebooks

HELENA — The Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill to require state government to again publish a phone directory every two ye…

January 20, 2015 6:45 pmLoading…

House Republicans, governor's revenue director disagree on tax cuts

House Republicans, governor's revenue director disagree on tax cuts

HELENA — Hearings on three bills by Republicans to cut taxes prompted discussions Tuesday on whether the money should be returned, how it shou…

January 20, 2015 5:31 pm Photos

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Bill would include trapping in Montana Constitution

Bill would include trapping in Montana Constitution

Enshrining trapping in the Montana Constitution by changing only a couple words drew equal measures of support and opposition during a House F…

January 20, 2015 5:03 pm Photos

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Bills to expand net-metered, renewable-power systems

Bills to expand net-metered, renewable-power systems

HELENA — For firms installing solar-power systems on homes and businesses in Montana, the market is limited — but a coalition of odd political…

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Johnson Column: Bullock public works plan draws GOP questions

Johnson Column: Bullock public works plan draws GOP questions

HELENA — Financial and political questions surfaced last week after Gov. Steve Bullock’s nearly $400 million infrastructure bill had its first…

January 18, 2015 3:00 pmLoading…

Billings legislator working on bill to ban cellphone use in vehicles across Montana

Billings legislator working on bill to ban cellphone use in vehicles across Montana

BOZEMAN — A bill being drafted by a Billings legislator would ban cellphone use while driving in Montana.

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State senator leads debate on federal lands in Montana

State senator leads debate on federal lands 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 hi…

January 18, 2015 11:50 am Photos

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Lawmakers plan marijuana bills that run the gamut

Lawmakers plan marijuana bills that run the gamut

HELENA — Marijuana once again will be an issue at the Legislature, with a number of bills anticipated, from possibly decriminalizing the posse…

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What's coming up in the Legislature: Medicaid, welfare, taxes, utilities, parole board

What's coming up in the Legislature: Medicaid, welfare, taxes, utilities, parole board

HELENA — The 2015 Legislature kicks into full gear this week, with a packed calendar of hearings and events. Issues topping the agenda include…

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Democratic senator: To solve mental health, expand Medicaid

Democratic senator: To solve mental health, expand Medicaid

HELENA — If the Legislature really wants to solve Montana’s mental health care crisis, a simple solution exists, a Democratic state senator sa…

January 15, 2015 5:21 pmLoading…

Groups urge legislators to fund local mental health services

Groups urge legislators to fund local mental health services

HELENA — Annette Russ told a legislative budget panel Thursday that when her son was released from Montana State Prison recently, he had a 10-…

January 15, 2015 4:30 pm Photos

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Montana Republicans appeal order in closed primaries lawsuit

Montana Republicans appeal order in closed primaries lawsuit

HELENA — Republicans who are suing the state to end open primary elections are appealing a district judge's order denying their request to clo…

January 15, 2015 1:28 pmLoading…

Lawmakers hear governor's Build Montana proposal

Lawmakers hear governor's Build Montana proposal

HELENA, Mont. — Everything from replacing flooring in the Capitol to acquiring land for bighorn sheep habitat and providing $45 million for pr…

January 14, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…

Lawmakers, governor, unions debate wage increases

Lawmakers, governor, unions debate wage increases

HELENA — The Bullock administration and unions are asking legislative budget committees to restore recent 2 percent cuts in agencies’ personne…

January 14, 2015 6:17 pmLoading…

Tax hike proposed for forest lands

Tax hike proposed for forest lands

Montana landowners whose property is classified as forest could see a tax hike to support firefighter training, equipment and staff under a bi…

January 14, 2015 4:36 pmLoading…

Bills revising parole board procedures and clemency begin this week at the Legislature

Bills revising parole board procedures and clemency begin this week at the Legislature

HELENA — Proposals to tweak the state parole board and revise its authority over executive clemency arrive at the Legislature this week — and …

January 13, 2015 5:02 pm Photos

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Mike Dennison: Legislative week in review: GOP split alive, well and influential

Mike Dennison: Legislative week in review: GOP split alive, well and influential

HELENA — One week into Montana’s 2015 Legislature, one thing is clear: The conservative-moderate split in the Republican Party that determined…

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Religious activities in Capitol a daily occurrence during session

Religious activities in Capitol a daily occurrence during session

HELENA — A sermon delivered at the Capitol by an outspoken pastor on the Sunday before Montana’s 2015 Legislature convened stirred controversy…

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Flathead tribal water compact huge issue for 2015 Legislature – and the state

HELENA — One of the biggest issues facing the 2015 Legislature is a mystery to most Montanans, cloaked in the complexities of water law and ch…

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Video gambling taxes dipped in 2014, but strong 2015 expected

HELENA — Video gambling machines generated nearly $57 million in state tax revenue for the state in fiscal 2014, a slight drop from the previo…

January 09, 2015 7:30 pmLoading…

McCulloch pitches vote-by-mail, other election bills

McCulloch pitches vote-by-mail, other election bills

HELENA — Secretary of State Linda McCulloch again is asking legislators to pass a bill requiring all Montana elections to be conducted by mail…

January 08, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…

House amends rules to make it easier to bring controversial bills to the floor

House amends rules to make it easier to bring controversial bills to the floor

HELENA — In a surprising move that could influence whether major proposals pass or fail the Montana House at the 2015 Legislature, Republican …

January 08, 2015 5:30 pmLoading…

Montana lawmakers get lesson about ethics in politics

Montana lawmakers get lesson about ethics in politics

HELENA — Members of Montana’s part-time citizen Legislature received ethics training Wednesday, with much of the discussion about potential co…

January 07, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…

Montana colleges plan report card to Legislature

Montana colleges plan report card to Legislature

BOZEMAN — Montana's higher education system is writing a report card, not on its students, but on itself.

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Lawmakers kill rule that would give more power to speaker

HELENA — Members of Montana's Legislative House Rules Committee did away with a proposed rule Tuesday that would have given the House speaker …

January 06, 2015 6:45 pmLoading…

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