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Legislative Session comes to abrupt end with some business still unfinished

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...

 By Elinor Smith    News    May 4, 2023

Bill to update reading level passes house vote

HELENA -- Less than half of Montana’s students are able to read as well as they should for their grade according to a report from the Office of Public Instruction. A bill that would help them catch up and meet reading goals for their age group... Full story

 By Elinor Smith    News    April 6, 2023

Prison Paws Bill moves forward

HELENA -- The House State Administration Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill Thursday designed to address mental health in Montana’s prisons by expanding a program that teaches inmates to train dogs. Rep. Gregory Frazer, R-Deer Lodge, is... Full story

 By Elinor Smith    News    April 6, 2023

Bill to increase compensation for landowners who open their land for public hunting access passes house

HELENA -- A program run through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks compensates landowners in Montana for opening their land for public hunting access. Now, a bill that could double the amount of money they get is just a few steps away from reaching the... Full story

 By Elinor Smith    News    March 30, 2023

Bill banning gender-affirming care for minors moves forward in house legislature

HELENA -- A bill that would bar children under 18 experiencing gender dysphoria from getting gender-affirming care in the state of Montana or with Montana Medicaid cleared a final vote 65-to-34 in the House Friday, after an emotional debate the day... Full story

 By Elinor Smith    News    March 23, 2023

House Appropriations Committee looks at Medicaid budget

The Montana Legislature is back in the Capitol after a mid-session break and the talk is all about the state budget. The House Appropriations Committee has started chipping away at the more than 50-page bill that will decide the state budget for the... Full story


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