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Budget, taxes, education, social issues likely to dominate legislature’s second half

By Caven Wade & Elinor Smith, UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism MONTANA — The 68th Montana Legislature, with an unprecedented Republican supermajority, is halfway through its 90-day session and the next 45 days promise to be dominated by debates over the s...

Legislators provide update during transmittal break Legislators provide update during transmittal break

RONAN — Funding of Public Law 280, protecting the interests of a community at odds with a corporation, and the purpose of a law that erodes parental rights were concerns Lake County citizens brought to their legislators during a March 6 meeting. The legislative update, hosted by Northwest Counties F...

Montana’s housing puzzle at the legislative halftime Montana’s housing puzzle at the legislative halftime

HELENA — There’s broad bipartisan agreement in the Montana Capitol that rising housing costs, driven by the state’s finite supply of homes and rapid in-migration from other states, rank among the most pressing issues facing Montana residents.  According to real estate website Zillow...

How environmental policy proposals are faring at Legislature’s halfway mark How environmental policy proposals are faring at Legislature’s halfway mark

MONTANA — As the 2023 Legislature enters its second half, Montana Free Press is assessing how bills falling under the environmental umbrella — broadly defined — fared during the first 45 days of the session. Here we zero in on proposals to strike, add or amend laws and rules regulating coal...

Legislative Notes

The 2023 Legislature has made it to the session’s halfway point. For those who spend their time at the Capitol, it means marathon days, intense rhetoric, and heightened tempers.  We went into this session laser-focused on an agenda that supports Montana families, like cutting property taxes for...

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.  Demo...

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...

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...


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