A Billings judge said Thursday he'd decide before Oct. 1 if he'll halt the implementation of three new abortion laws challenged by Planned Parenthood of Montana.
A Democratic state lawmaker pressed the head of the state health department over what scientists were involved in drafting the emergency rule.
The unvaccinated account for 87% of hospitalizations and 79% of deaths reported in the state from April 1 to Sept. 17, according to a briefing delivered to Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday.
This winter, with support from GOP lawmakers, the Legislature passed House Bill 176, which ended same-day voter registration
The People's Power League would need roughly 37,630 signatures for the initiative to reach the ballot in 2022.
Home visiting has been found to help reduce abuse and neglect, improve parents’ and children's health and promote school readiness.
Advocacy groups, corporations, government agencies and others reported nearly $7 million in lobbying efforts to influence Montana’s political process during this year’s legislative session.
A number of groups paid lobbyists during the 2021 session without saying what legislation they were lobbying for or against or funneled lobbying expenses through other groups.
Two years and one legislative session later, the state still lacks a centralized database to track lobbying spending.
Montana State News Bureau reporter Sam Wilson discusses the state’s system for reporting lobbying expenses. He explains his findings after documenting that spending from the recent legislative session, including who the biggest spenders were, where the money came from and areas where transparency falls short.
A trio of groups advocating for young Montanans on Thursday filed a challenged to several changes to Montana’s election laws enacted by the Legislature last session, calling the new laws “a cocktail of voter suppression measures that land heavily on the young.”
Amid a continued labor shortage in the state, a legislative panel on Wednesday voted to direct $22 million in federal COVID relief money to increase job training opportunities.
Montana's Republican attorney general is asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood last month seeking to block four new laws that would restrict access to abortion in the state.
The sale of big game licenses to outfitted nonresident under House Bill 637 equates to $1.6 million.
Montana’s first traditional muzzleloader season has been set for nine days this December.
A new directive from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Hank Worsech aims to simplify hunting regulations with a top-down review of hunting districts, licenses and permits.
The money was set aside by the Legislature earlier this year, as part of the more than $2 billion expected to flow to the state from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
The new abortion laws are set to take effect Oct 1.
In July, the state Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to return emails it obtained in a subpoena for judges' emails.
Estimates say from 15,000 to 18,000 Montanans are members of health care sharing ministries. But because they are unregulated as religious organizations, the state has no clear understanding of how many ministries operate in Montana.
The law has made Montana the only state in the country that prohibits private businesses from requiring employees to get vaccinated.
“For those cancer patients who are mid-treatment, a loss of health care coverage could seriously jeopardize their chance of survival," said Kristin Page-Nei.
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied two former Democratic lawmakers' request to hear their challenge on the state's new judicial appointment process.