State Bureau Reporter
The bill was brought by a Republican to change the law after the state GOP paid to qualify the Green Party for the 2020 ballot but saw the effort knocked down in court.
House Bill 429 requires a majority of lawmakers in both the House and Senate to approve of any emergency suspensions of the election laws in the state.
At the end of a press conference Thursday after the echoes of the final gavel rang through the House and Senate chambers, Republican lawmakers started asking where to get a copy of talking points to take back home.
Before wrapping up its 67th session Thursday afternoon, the Montana Legislature passed a controversial vaccine bill after approving changes to give medical and long-term care facilities more leeway to navigate new restrictions.
The changes were the result of an amendatory veto issued by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte earlier in the day.
After a fruitless conference committee to resolve their differences Wednesday morning, two Republicans later reached a deal.
The bill also bans voter registration, signature collection, voter turnout and other activities by political committees in some places on college campuses.
Legislators stripped a provision in a different bill, put on by Colstrip Republican Sen. Duane Ankney earlier in the in the week, that also targeted nonprofits.
HB 702 received intense support from critics of vaccines who packed the House and Senate galleries to cheer its passage.
Legislative Services Division Executive Director Susan Fox confirmed Wednesday the Senate sergeants have been quarantined as close contacts.