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Lawmakers round out final week with budget, missing persons legislation, AIS funding and sex crime penalties

HELENA — On the final day of the 66th Montana Legislature, lawmakers completed their only state constitutionally mandated task by passing the bill that sets the budget for state agencies. House Bill 2, which spends about $10 billion of state and...

 

Firefighter Protection Act becomes law, Hanna's Act revived

HELENA -- Gov. Steve Bullock has signed into law the Firefighter Protection Act, which requires workers’ compensation insurance to cover presumptive occupational diseases, like cancer, for the state’s firefighters. Senate Bill 160 was carried by...

 

Lawmakers advance legislation on sexual assault, wolf hunting, sports betting and elder abuse, Medicaid Expansion continuation stalls

HELENA -- After a lengthy debate, the bill to continue Medicaid Expansion in Montana failed to pass the Senate on a 25-25 vote last week and several attempts to revive it Friday and Saturday also failed, leaving it stalled. House Bill 658 would have...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 21, 2019

Montana lawmakers consider new ways to protect against Aquatic Invasive Species

HELENA--A prolific alien organism is closing in on Montana’s ecosystem and could have dire consequences for food production, outdoor recreation and the economy if it crosses the state’s borders. Aquatic invasive species have widely infected the...

 

Lawmakers debate vaccines and country of origin labeling

HELENA — The 66th Montana Legislature is at its halfway mark and that means that any general bills that did not make it through their first house before the transmittal deadline are effectively killed. About sixty bills have passed both houses and...

 

Lawmakers debate local gun ordinances, teacher recruitment program and affordable housing

House Endorses Legislation To Prohibit Local Gun Ordinances The Montana House of Representatives last week passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from implementing gun ordinances. About 50 volunteers for the Moms Demand Action group...

 

Lawmakers Weigh Bills on DUI, Child and Family Services, Abortion and Student Overtime Pay

As Montana lawmakers consider overhauling the state’s DUI laws, the Montana Highway Patrol wants to dispel myths about blood alcohol levels. Last week, the Highway Patrol hosted a demonstration for lawmakers to show just how much alcohol it...

 

Legislative roundup - Week 5

Bill Would Use Coal Money for Affordable Housing Projects The Montana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would use money from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low- and moderate-income housing projects. House Bill 16, carried...

 

Lawmakers propose Firefighter Protection Act and teacher retention programs

Firefighter Protection Act Would Offer Workers’ Comp Coverage for Cancer, PTSD Firefighters with conditions like cancer, heart disease and post-traumatic stress disorder could have their treatment covered by worker’s compensation insurance under...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 24, 2019

Lawmakers tackle budget, missing persons and firefighter insurance

Taxes, Rainy Day Fund On Tap for Budget Talks While budget projections appear more secure than they were in the 2017 legislative session, long-standing rifts, particularly concerning taxes, still make the state’s two-year budget a hot topic this...

 

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