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  • Legislative Session comes to abrupt end with some business still unfinished

    Elinor Smith and Caven Wade, UM Legislative News Service|May 11, 2023

    HELENA – Lawmakers have left the Capitol in Helena after a chaotic end to the 68th Montana Legislature. Republicans, who held a supermajority this session, celebrated legislation passed on education, tax relief and protecting children and parental rights, while Democrats said they were disappointed with a lack of long-term tax relief and immediate solutions for the state’s housing crisis. The Legislative session came to a close on May 2. Lawmakers passed 748 bills this session, out of almost 1,700 introduced, according to the statistics fro...

  • Water to play a big part in "Red Tape Relief" initiative at Legislature

    Caven Wade|Mar 1, 2023

    UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA – The laws that regulate water, arguably Montana’s most valuable natural resource, are complex and tied to nearly every industry in the state, so when lawmakers gather in Helena every two years for the legislative session, it’s often at the top of the agenda. In the 2023 Montana Legislature, the water debate is shaping up to focus on two pieces of legislation: One that would tackle the future of water courts and another that would update the water permitting proce... Full story

  • I'm your huckleberry. Or am I?

    Caven Wade|Feb 23, 2023

    UM Legislative News Service -University of Montana School of Journalism A bill tromping through the Montana Legislature would repeal a 2007 law that sought to protect the authenticity of the almighty Montana huckleberry by requiring that anyone labeling something as "huckleberry" register their berry patch with the state Department of Agriculture. "Not a single person ever told the government where their huckleberries were. Because, I believe the first rule of huckleberry club is: 'Do not tell...