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 controver…

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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 Comm…

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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 woul…

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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’…

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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…

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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 f…

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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 Mon…

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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 infrastruct…

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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 tra…

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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 …

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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 highwa…

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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 L…

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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 req…

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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, b…

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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 contem…

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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…

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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 fi…

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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…

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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 upgrad…

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City Council hears from its lobbyist

Once the Montana Legislature gets down to business Jan. 5, 2015, Ed Bartlett will be the Billings City Council’s eyes, ears — and mouthpiece, …

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Bullock proposes budget with new form of Medicaid expansion

Bullock proposes budget with new form of Medicaid expansion

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday released his proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that includes a new way to expand Medicaid to…

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City Council can avoid a federal fine by self-reporting filing deficiencies

If the Billings City Council moves swiftly enough, the city can avoid paying civil penalties to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fo…

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Barrett is first woman elected Senate president; GOP mostly chooses rural lawmakers

Barrett is first woman elected Senate president; GOP mostly chooses rural lawmakers

HELENA — Senate Republicans broke barriers Thursday by electing Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, as the first woman chosen as president of the Mo…

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Lawmakers meeting to choose legislative leaders

HELENA — Montana lawmakers are meeting to choose House and Senate party leadership for the 2015 Legislative session.

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Bullock and unions agree on employee pay plan

Bullock and unions agree on employee pay plan

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration and three public employee unions have agreed to a pay deal that would give most state government …

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Budget, Policy Center publication details the basics of Montana property taxes

On the heels of property tax bills that were mailed to homeowners last week, the Montana Budget and Policy Center has published a seven-page d…

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Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

HELENA — State Republicans easily held their majorities in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, maintaining a 29-21 margin in the state Senate …

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Montana Legislature election results

Montana Legislature election results

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Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

HELENA — In western Montana’s sprawling House District 92, Democratic candidate Dave Strohmaier says he’s knocked on doors from East Missoula …

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A look at selected key legislative races in Montana this year

HELENA — Two dozen key legislative races on Nov. 4 will help determine party control of the 2015 Montana Legislature, where Republicans curren…

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