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Evening Newscast 03-01-17

Mar 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s former Republican Congressman, Ryan Zinke, is now President Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary.

Gov. Steve Bullock has signed four bills that seek to reduce costs within the criminal justice system and to reduce recidivism. 

Before adjourning for a mid-session hiatus, the Montana House gave final passage to a slate of bills, but rejected - on a tie vote - a proposal that sought to criminalize physician-assisted suicide.

Evening Newscast 02-28-17

Feb 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House of Representatives passed 17 bills on today, including one bill that would create a statewide public lands day.

City managers in Whitefish have lifted a boil water advisory issued Monday morning following a burst water main.

Greg Gianforte has raised $825,000 to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Congressman Ryan Zinke.

While Democrats and Republicans at the Montana Legislature may disagree on the approach, they are both highlighting infrastructure and the budget as top priorities for the second half of the session.

Evening Newscast 02-27-17

Feb 27, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Senate moved Congressman Ryan Zinke one step closer to becoming Secretary of Interior in President Trump’s administration. By a vote of 67 to 31 with one senator voting “present,” the Senate voted to invoke “cloture,” which means that debate on Zinke’s nomination will end in 30 hours. After that, the Senate is free to vote on Zinke’s nomination at its discretion.

The Montana House has voted down a proposal to allow guns in schools. 15 Republicans joined 41 Democrats today to reject the bill.

Fifty homes are still without water after a catastrophic burst to the City of Whitefish’s water main Monday morning. Parts of Baker Avenue south of downtown remain closed after crews dug up the street to isolate the leak.

Evening Newscast 02-24-17

Feb 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has given initial approval to a measure that would restrict doctors from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of opioid drugs to first-time patients.

Dozens of Opportunity residents say federal environmental officials have botched a 34-year environmental cleanup of the toxic metals in their soil, and now they want a shot at it.

In a meeting this morning, four Montana House and Senate leaders discussed how to move forward in replacing current political practices commissioner Jonathan Molt, whose term ended in January.

Evening Newscast 02-23-17

Feb 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A budget analysis shows the work that the Montana Legislature has done so far this session would leave the state in the black financially but with about half the cash reserves that Gov. Steve Bullock wants.

Abortion foes won preliminary passage for a bill that would transform abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy into a medical procedure to save a potentially viable fetus.

A Billings radio host's online post suggesting there should be separate post-season basketball tournaments for Native American teams, due to unruly fan behavior, has prompted a show of solidarity.

In a close vote this morning, lawmakers rejected a bill aiming to reform how state prisons put people with mental illnesses in solitary confinement.

Evening Newscast 02-22-17

Feb 22, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines hopes to put pressure on fellow Montana Sen. Jon Tester to support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Law-enforcement officials and prosecutors from across the state are supporting what they call a fix to a victims' rights law that voters added to the Montana Constitution last fall.

At a ranch near Seeley Lake today, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced he is introducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

The Montana Senate has endorsed a watered-down rebuke of the state's court system for allegedly overstepping its powers.

Evening Newscast 02-21-17

Feb 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Montana Capitol, where U.S. Sen. Steve Daines was scheduled to address the Legislature.

Montana lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban putting large pipelines under rivers or lakes.

Wildlife managers estimate that more than 570 Yellowstone National Park bison have been killed so far this winter.

Evening Newscast 02-20-17

Feb 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana lawmakers have rejected a $400,000 request to expand a state program to train doctors. The Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education did not approve an expansion request from Montana's Graduate Medical Education program.

Two conservation groups, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council, filed suit in Federal District Court in Missoula Friday, challenging the Stonewall Vegetation Project in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

In a party line vote, Republican lawmakers killed a bill on Monday aiming to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people under Montana’s civil rights laws.

Evening Newscast 02-17-17

Feb 17, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Senator Steve Daines announced today he will chair one of the five subcommittees of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

A budget panel has approved a $6 million dollar increase over the next two years for Montana to deal with the record number of children in foster care. But the $16 million dollars approved today by the Joint Subcommittee on Health and Human Services comes with caveats. 

Evening Newscast 02-16-17

Feb 16, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate is calling for a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to overturn federal regulations.

Two Montana lawmakers are sponsoring bills to delay the closure of a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities determined by courts to pose risk of serious harm to themselves or others.

Sen. Steve Daines will hold a town hall via telephone tonight from 6:15 to 7:15 PM, according to a representative from the Missoula office.

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would force insurance companies to set auto insurance rates based off an individual’s driving record, rather than using personal characteristics like online shopping habits and education.