"This shows the drafters of the bill think the property of giant international corporations are more important than the property of Montana citizens," a Fort Peck tribal councilman told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Rep. Jennifer Carlson, a Republican from Manhattan, said whether or not someone has chosen to get a vaccine is private, protected medical information and shouldn't be held against someone.
Tensions between religious freedom legislation and LGBTQ rights have flared more than once in recent days.
Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would designate antifa as a domestic terrorism group, despite no evidence of antifa activities in the state.
If passed, voters would see the amendment on their ballots in November 2022.
Rep. Barry Usher said he understood the closed-door meeting policy had been established by his predecessors.
"There's been kind of a lack of communication," Rep. Ryan Lynch, D-Butte, told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Two women who brought up race in a legislative hearing on a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Montana were shut down Tuesday by the committee chair.
"Some of the things we have to talk about when we’re talking and discussing how we’re going to vote are personal and you know, as you can see, our committee does get a little emotional."
The four bills aimed at reducing access to abortions all passed the committee on a 12-7 party-line vote, with Republicans for the legislation and Democrats opposed.
“We held them incarcerated for however long, 10, 12, 15, 20 years,” Committee chair Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, said during the hearing on Friday. "We owe them something."
During the legislative session that ended in April, Montana lawmakers voted down the first red flag law ever proposed in the state. After mass shootings in early August killed 31 in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, those who supported the bill said they’ll try again in 2021, while lawmakers opposed to the idea said their views haven’t changed.
A bill that would change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day cleared the Montana House on Wednesday.
A bill to ban sanctuary cities in the state and fine local governments who violate the law passed out of a House committee along party lines, with Republicans supporting it.
A legislative committee Monday killed a bill that would have prohibited protesters from covering their faces.
The Montana Legislature may make it illegal for people to cover their faces if a protest turns to a riot or if they commit other crimes of public disorder. Civil rights advocates worry that the bill will ensnare lawful citizens.
A bill that would allow a school employee with a concealed weapons permit to carry a concealed firearm at school moved forward in a Montana House committee Friday.