"This is yet another unconstitutional effort to politicize the courts, and it must be checked," the plaintiffs' attorneys wrote.
"In conclusion, the minority does not support the creation of committees for political theater," Democrats wrote in the report released Monday.
The last day of the state Legislature proved a rollercoaster day for Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Chris Abbott.
The Select Committee on Judicial Transparency and Accountability is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The committee would cost $90,000 over the two-year budget.
The request is for an additional $850,000.
Rep. Jedediah Hinkle's bill would prohibit local governments or health officials and boards from making businesses follow public health mandates issued in a pandemic.
Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has power to make direct appointments to fill judicial vacancies under a bill passed this session and being challenged before the state Supreme Court.
The future of the bill remained unclear shortly after the vote. The bill could go back to conference committee, but GOP staff said it was unclear if that would be the case.
Gov. Greg Gianforte signed this week several bills meant to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Montana, extending programs established in 2019.
The major amendment implemented Wednesday restores some funding for public lands access and wildlife.
The second coming of bill exempting religious nonprofits from Montana’s campaign finance reporting requirements won the Senate's endorsement Wednesday.
Republicans have honed in on the judicial branch this session, leading to an investigative committee.
The two bills were carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, D-Crow Agency.
The new law requires that either county commissioners or the city council, whichever entity oversees a local health board, approve of that board or officer's regulations put in place.
Additionally, after exhibiting mild symptoms Wednesday, the director of the Department of Administration was tested for COVID-19 and received a positive result Thursday.
Republican lawmakers in the last week have sought to investigate the Supreme Court on matters including email retention and using state computers to coordinate lobbying efforts.
Sen. Jason Ellsworth, a Hamilton Republican who chairs the panel and is a deputized public health officer, was notified of the of the case late Thursday.
HB 632, appropriating more than $2 billion coming to the state from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, passed a preliminary Senate vote 32-18.
The nine subpoenas issued by Republican lawmakers in the last week is a procedural outlier for the Legislature.
Members of a legislative panel were told Wednesday that a portion of a bill that would transfer responsibility for the Montana Developmental Center property from one agency to another was no longer needed because the governor had taken the action through an executive order.
By April 19, the Senate's Select Committee on Marijuana Laws plans to have rolled the proposed marijuana implementation bills into one.
A Senate panel has voted down a proposal to require that political committees, unions and corporations include their phone numbers on campaign materials.
"We’re in such a short time limit right now that I think we need to have all options open," House Speaker Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale, said.