66th Legislature wrap up

By Kenneth Bogner, Montana State Senator The 66th Montana Legislature concluded on Thursday of last week. Over the past four months the legislature passed 375 bills. Among those bills was…

Legislative Roundup – Week 15

Montana Legislature votes to continue Medicaid Expansion, Hanna’s Act revived and Gov. Bullock signs Firefighter Protection Act into Law. By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University…

Editorial . . .

Dear Editor, Health Care, the 900# gorilla. The 2019 legislature is in the home stretch, and I, for one, am anxious to wrap up our work and get home. There…

Legislative Roundup – Week 14

Lawmakers Advance Legislation on Sexual Assault, Wolf Hunting, Sports Betting and Elder Abuse, Medicaid Expansion Continuation Stalls By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana…

Legislative Roundup – Week 13

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA — The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that calls for…

Legislative Roundup – Week 12

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA – The Montana House of Representatives voted 61-37 Saturday to pass a controversial…

Legislative update

By Kenneth Bogner, State Senator, Montana The legislature is now in its final month. April kicks off with a very busy week for the Senate. The Senate will hear House…

Legislative Roundup –  Week 11

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA  The Montana House of Representatives has passed House Bill 2, which combines about…

Legislative Roundup – Week 10

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism People filled the Montana Capitol Saturday to testify during an all-day hearing on two…

Legislative Roundup – Week 8

Lawmakers Debate Bison Grazing, Vaccines and Country Of Origin Labeling By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA – The 66th…

Legislative Roundup – Week 7

Lawmakers Debate Fire Suppression, Affordable Housing, Local Gun Ordinances and Teacher Shortages By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism The Montana House…

Legislative Roundup – Week 6

Lawmakers Weigh Bills on DUI, Child and Family Services, Abortion and Student Overtime Pay By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism…

Legislative Roundup – Week 5

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism Bill Would Use Coal Money for Affordable Housing Projects The Montana House of Representatives…

Letter to  the Editor

Dear Editor, Montana’s 66th Legislature – Week 5, Taxes Although I sit on the appropriations committee, I take a close interest in Montana’s tax policy. Thankfully, Montana has a balanced…

Legislative Roundup – Week 4

Bullock outlines priorities in State of the State, Lawmakers Propose Teacher Retention Programs, Firefighter Protection Act, Missing Persons Bill and Making Doctor-Assisted Death a Crime By Shaylee Ragar and Tim…

Legislative Roundup – Week 2

Montana lawmakers debate Infrastructure Funding, DUI Penalties and Vaccine Exemption By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA – Lawmakers in…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Montana’s 66th legislature – Week 3 “Getting into road gear” would be the best way to describe week #3. The first two weeks were training, getting bills introduced,…

Legislative Roundup – Week 2

Montana lawmakers tackle budget, missing persons, sexual abuse and firefighter insurance By Shaylee Ragar, UM Community News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism Taxes, Rainy Day Fund On Tap…

Legislative Roundup – Week 1

House Rules, Medicaid and Public Lands dominate first week of Montana Legislature By Shaylee Ragar, UM Community News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism The 66th Montana Legislature opened…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, The pace of the legislature continues to pick up as we are more than half way to the March 2nd transmittal deadline for non-revenue bills. The transmittal deadline…