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Though the Montana Legislature cleared several of the major bills of the session off its plate at the end of last week — including Medicaid expansion and a $80 million infrastructure bonding package — several key pieces of legislation still loom.
A bill delaying the sunset on seven state economic development programs passed the Legislature on Thursday, now requiring only the signature of Gov. Steve Bullock to receive funding for the next eight years.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed three bills Thursday before legislators left for an Easter break, drawing the ire of a Republican who carried legislation to reduce taxes on some Social Security income.
For the first time since at least 2011, the state Legislature has passed a comprehensive infrastructure bonding bill to build projects large and small around the state.
As the Montana Legislature nears its final days, some lawmakers are objecting to policies being added into so-called budget companion bills in ways they say skirt public input and even legislators' awareness of what's happening.
The Senate on Tuesday punted on debate over $80 million in infrastructure projects, saying it would take up the legislation later.
A bill outlining a lengthy reform of Montana’s DUI laws carried by Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, is dead after it did not appear on the Senate floor despite being scheduled for a second reading debate Monday.
The state House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill transferring responsibility for inspecting marijuana testing laboratories from the state medical marijuana program to the state environmental laboratory.