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Montana congressional delegates discuss issues in bi-annual address of state legislature

HELENA — All four members of Montana’s congressional delegation spoke to the Montana Legislature during a joint session of the Senate and the House on Monday, Feb. 20, talking to state lawmakers about the issues facing Congress, including the national debt and the fentanyl epidemic.  Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Sen. Steve Daines spoke to the Legislature first, followed by Montana’s newest Representative, Republican Ryan Zinke and finally Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale. All four gave praise to the legislators for their service. Rosendale, Tester, and Zinke all served in the state legislature at one point in their careers. “Now, if you look ...

Disabled American Veterans award Tester highest legislative honor Disabled American Veterans award Tester highest legislative honor

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate – Earlier this week, the Disabled American Veterans awarded U.S. Senator Jon Tester their 2023 Veterans’ Champion Award for his numerous legislative achievements over the years and his longstanding commitment to supporting the nation’s...

Legislature passes over $1 billion in tax relief

News from Senate Republicans HELENA — As lawmakers wrap up the first half of the 2023 legislative session, Republicans are touting the final passage of over $1 billion in financial relief to Montanans.  “We said coming into the legislative session that providing financial relief to M...

Not Invisible Act Commission announces field hearings

News from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior WASHINGTON — As part of the continued work by the Departments of the Interior and Justice to implement the Not Invisible Act and combat the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP), Secretary Deb Haaland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Mona...

Up to $116M available Up to $116M available

News from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced the release of the 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the “America the Beautiful Challenge.” The program, which was launched in 20...

Land planning overhaul would prioritize proactive urban planning

HELENA — Montana lawmakers got an initial look Wednesday at a major land planning bill that aims to overhaul how development decisions are made in and around Montana’s fast-growing urban areas.  Senate Bill 382 would require additional planning by local governments, rework how and when re...

Deadlines for property owners upcoming

News from the Department of Revenue  HELENA — The Montana Department of Revenue would like to remind owners of real and personal property about several important deadlines approaching soon: March 1 Due Date - Business and industrial equipment owners must report their personal property...

Governor Gianforte highlights efforts to address affordable workforce housing supply

HELENA — Addressing the Montana Housing Coalition on Feb. 21 at the State Capitol, Governor Greg Gianforte highlighted his administration’s efforts to increase the supply of affordable workforce housing in Montana, calling on the legislature to send pro-housing reforms to his desk. “Hous...

Senate Judiciary Committee votes to fund PL280

HELENA — The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Feb. 16 on a bill requiring Montana to provide funding for the enforcement of Public Law 280.  PL280 is an agreement with the State of Montana passed in 1964 to conduct law enforcement and provide other services on the Flathead Reservatio...

Tester discusses bills impact on CKST, new bills on security

MONTANA — In a recent media phone call, Senator Jon Tester discussed a number of bills he’s been involved with that have a direct impact on the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe.  The office of Senator Tester announced on Feb. 3 that CSKT would receive nearly $156,937,000 out of the bipa...

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