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TikTok ban gets signed into law

HELENA — Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that he had signed a bill banning Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok over concerns its data-sharing practices jeopardize user privacy and national security. The ban, which the governor’s office said was the first of its kind in the natio...

Wild Montana calls on Governor to stop obstructing Legislature’s power to act on SB 442 veto

News from Constance Van Kley, Upper Seven Law HELENA — In a letter sent on Wednesday, May 10, Wild Montana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving public lands and strengthening Montana communities, called on Governor Greg Gianforte to return Senate Bill 442 (“SB 442”) and hi...

County waits for PL280 verdict

HELENA — On Tuesday May 2, the 68th Montana Legislature came to end with words “sine die” uttered in both senate and finally, late Tuesday, in the house. In Lake County many eyes were watching the house, in particular HB 479, the only bill left dealing with the funding of Public Law 280 or ...

Phishing scam affecting senior citizens rises in Montana

News from the Office of the Commissioner HELENA — Commissioner Troy Downing released the following statement regarding a phishing scam affecting senior citizens in Montana: “In the past five days, CSI’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) received multiple complaints regarding a ...

House joins Senate in endorsing Montana TikTok ban House joins Senate in endorsing Montana TikTok ban

HELENA — The Montana House followed the lead of the state Senate Thursday to endorse a statewide ban on the social media platform TikTok. Senate Bill 419, sponsored by Rep. Shelly Vance, R-Belgrade, would bar the platform’s China-based parent company, ByteDance, from allowing “the operat...

Bill to fund PL280 passes House

HELENA — House Bill 479, sponsored by Ronan representative Joe Read, is on its way to the State Senate after passing a House vote on April 3.  HB479 proposes that the State of Montana appropriate $2.5 million to the Department of Justice each year, beginning July 1, to reimburse Lake County for...

Proposals to amend constitution struggle to garner needed support

HELENA — The Legislature this week sounded the likely death knell for almost all of the remaining proposals to amend the Montana Constitution this session. That isn’t to say that the House and Senate didn’t endorse those eight proposals, which ranged from an amendment to end state Suprem...

Commissioner joins $10 million multi-state settlement with Robinhood Financial

News from the Office of the Montana State Auditor HELENA — Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing announced that CSI joined a multi-state settlement with Robinhood Financial LLC. As part of the settlement, Robinhood agreed to pay $10.2 million in penalties for operational an...

Superintendent gives update on assessment participation

News from OPI HELENA — Superintendent Arntzen is pleased to announce that 3,493 or 41.6% of 11th-grade students have completed the online ACT during the first testing window. The first window was opened on March 28 and closed on April 6. During the 2021-2022 school year, 90.5% of high school junio...

Superintendent expands MAST pilot program, seeks public comment

News from OPI HELENA — Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is expanding the Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) Pilot Program to grades three through eight in math and reading for the 2023-2024 school year. Due to this expansion, the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is seeking a Field Test Flexi...


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