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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.

Evening Newscast 02-15-17

Feb 15, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Supporters of a bill to create a so-called Montana Paycheck Transparency Act say it will help make sure men and women are paid equally for doing equal work.

Montana's House Judiciary Committee heard impassioned testimony today from both sides of a new bill to extend non-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people across Montana.

NorthWestern Energy says technical issues with meter reading equipment led some customers southeast of Helena to be under-billed in January, leaving the balance to be added to February's bills.

The vote that would confirm Representative Ryan Zinke as the next Interior Secretary could come as late as early March, says Senator Jon Tester.

Evening Newscast 02-14-17

Feb 14, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate is supporting a bill that would provide more oversight to the Division of Child and Family Services.

On Wednesday, a bill that would make it unlawful to discriminate against anyone based on their gender identity or expression or sexual orientation will have a hearing at the Montana Legislature.

Havre's airport has been overbilled for power for 30 years, but it's not clear who's at fault.

Evening Newscast 02-13-17

Feb 13, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Sen. Jon Tester announced Friday he will host an online town hall meeting this coming Wednesday.

Plans for a Billings solar farm are heating up just as renewable energy politics cool at the Montana Legislature.

A proposed constitutional amendment declaring corporations are not people faces extremely long odds, according to one Montana political scientist.

A national government watchdog organization filed a lawsuit this morning against Montana.

Evening Newscast 02-10-17

Feb 10, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A group of Republican-led lawmakers has pushed forward an effort to eliminate Montana’s office of Political Practices.

Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a state of emergency for parts of northwestern Montana dealing with the aftermath of a storm that dumped up to four feet of snow in places.

Days after hearing testimony from clergy, young conservative lawmakers, and an exonerated death-row inmate from Arizona, asking for the end of capital punishment, state lawmakers voted against their request.

Funding to fix ailing public works projects cleared the first legislative hurdle yesterday.

Evening Newscast 02-09-17

Feb 9, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana Senator Jon Tester met with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday. Tester, a Democrat, characterized the meeting as a ‘productive conversation.'

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is standing by his silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren during the Washington debate about President Donald Trump's pick as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

First-time drug offenders in Montana are currently not given the option to enter residential treatment facilities in the state.

Evening Newscast 02-08-17

Feb 8, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A proposal to federally recognize Montana’s Little Shell Tribe advanced a step in the U.S. Senate today.

As lawmakers continue crafting the state’s budget, officials with Montana’s health department say the state’s Medicaid programs need more funds to keep up with caseloads.

Montana has more U.S. citizens on the streets after the state added two extra naturalization ceremonies due to a large number of citizenship applications.

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the deliberate homicide conviction of a Missoula man for shooting a German exchange student in his garage.

Evening Newscast 02-07-17

Feb 7, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The U.S. Forest Service can hire firefighters this year after winning an exemption from President Trump’s civilian governmental employee hiring freeze.

The state House is scheduled to debate a measure to stop the Montana State Hospital from releasing homeless, mentally ill patients into the streets or to homeless shelters.

The Montana Senate has passed a bill that would increase the number of notices that must be made to people who are delinquent on their property taxes and make it clear that if they fail to pay their taxes for three years, they could lose their property.

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that aims to improve pay equity between men and women, but some policymakers are questioning how the proposal would force employers to judge the merits of their employees.

Evening Newscast 02-06-17

Feb 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

While Representative Ryan Zinke awaits a full Senate confirmation vote to become the next Secretary of the Interior under Donald Trump’s Administration, many Montanans are left wondering when that vote will actually happen.

Former Montana Attorney General Mike Greely died Jan. 26 at his family cabin along the Missouri River. He was 76. Greeley served as attorney general from 1977 through 1988.

A sixth Democrat has expressed intent to fill Montana’s House seat if Ryan Zinke is confirmed to lead the Interior Department under President Donald Trump.

Evening Newscast 02-03-17

Feb 3, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana’s senior senator has introduced three bills that he says would increase transparency and accountability in elections.

A Senate committee has advanced legislation that would prevent patients from receiving huge bills from air ambulance providers that are not in-network with their insurance plans.

Montana’s bitterly cold winter is hitting Northwestern Energy customers in the pocketbook.

The Montana Legislature won't make any changes to a bill that Gov. Steve Bullock said disproportionately increases spending for the legislative session compared to cuts being considered across the rest of state government.

Evening Newscast 02-02-17

Feb 2, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bill in the Montana House would eliminate the office of the Commissioner of Political Practices.

Wildlife advocates say they'll fight the government's request to lift a 2015 injunction barring construction of an irrigation dam on the Yellowstone River in a legal dispute over the fate of the pallid sturgeon, a fast-disappearing, endangered fish.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is using his veto power to recommend that the Legislature reduce the amount of money it approved for itself to operate this session.

Lawmakers in Helena are calling for what’s being billed as the “Montana Meth Summit,” a gathering of lawmakers and government officials to talk about the impacts of meth in Montana.

Evening Newscast 02-01-17

Feb 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Veterans Affairs Department says there are no easy fixes for what ails that beleaguered agency.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has been appointed chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on national parks.

The Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes delivered the State of the Tribal Nations Address in the state Capitol today.

A Montana legislative panel has approved a measure that would bar the public release of mug shots until after a person is convicted of a crime.

Evening Newscast 01-31-17

Jan 31, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke advanced in today’s nomination vote for Secretary of the Interior, in the GOP-led Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Montana Senator Jon Tester today announced his opposition to former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be Secretary of State in the Trump administration.

The House Taxation Committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would raise taxes for Montanans making more than $400,000 a year in taxable income.

Evening Newscast 01-30-17

Jan 30, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The annual rally in support of keeping public lands publicly-owned at the state capitol today filled the building’s rotunda with chanting supporters.

The Montana House on Monday endorsed a bill that would require the governor to reimburse the state for any use of the state airplane that includes campaign stops.

Montana’s U.S. senators are split on the Trump administration’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Evening Newscast 01-27-17

Jan 27, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has given preliminary approval to two bills that add whistleblower protections to the state's ethics code.

State wildlife officials have killed four bighorn sheep after they mixed with domestic sheep south of Cascade.

Montana's U.S. senators have asked the government for an emergency waiver from the REAL ID Act that requires driver's licenses to have security enhancements and be issued to those who can prove they are in the country legally.

The public comment period on a proposal to transfer management of National Forest land to local control has been extended.  

Evening Newscast 01-27-17

Jan 26, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Proposals to loosen gun restrictions in Montana are being revived by Republican lawmakers who are undeterred that similar bills were shot down in past legislative sessions.

Attorney general Tim Fox today said the city of Missoula cannot enforce an ordinance requiring a background check for most gun sales or transfers within city limits.

The Montana Senate has rebuffed an attempt to strip a bill of language admonishing a judge for allegedly overstepping his authority.

Evening Newscast 01-25-17

Jan 25, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

President Donald  Trump’s executive orders on immigration today came as little surprise to one Montana immigration attorney.

Thursday night volunteers will bundle up and fan out across Billings to make contact with the homeless to gather data for the annual Point in Time Homeless Survey.

Matt Rosendale, Montana’s state auditor, announced today he will not seek the nomination to run for Montana’s U.S. House seat.

Evening Newscast 01-24-17

Jan 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock is set to give his third State of the State address tonight to a combative, Republican-led Legislature in a shaky economic time for Montana.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has postponed a meeting originally scheduled for this morning to vote on the nominations of Ryan Zinke and Rick Perry to head the departments of Interior and Energy.

Montana's Republican legislative leaders are blasting Governor Steve Bullock for his spending plan's cuts to education funding, while failing to mention that the cuts they propose go even deeper.

Evening Newscast 01-23-17

Jan 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Senate committee is expected to vote tomorrow on Representative Ryan Zinke’s nomination to be Interior Secretary in the Trump administration.

Governor Steve Bullock will deliver his State of the State address, Tuesday (1/24) at 7:00 PM.

Butte Schoolteacher and State Lawmaker Amanda Curtis made it official Saturday: She is seeking the Democratic party’s nomination to run for Montana’s U.S. House seat.

A Missoula attorney has been named U.S. bankruptcy judge for Montana.

Evening Newscast 01-20-17

Jan 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

State lawmakers are debating proposals that aim to help the Montana's child foster care system, and to make the agency responsible for protecting neglected and abused kids more accountable.

The state of Montana has reached a $25 million settlement with more than a thousand victims of asbestos-related disease over claims that health officials failed to bring attention to the hazards of the contaminated mine in Libby.

Republican Steve Daines, Democrat Jon Tester, and Congressman Ryan Zinke react to the inauguration of President Donald Trump today.

Evening Newscast 01-19-17

Jan 19, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Senate has passed legislation to change the state's rape laws, and they will now go to the House for consideration.

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would infuse money back into the state’s main revenue fund by increasing taxes on new oil and gas wells.

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to destroy all information collected from collars placed on elk and wolves, which was obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area.

Montana lawmakers take up a privacy bill tomorrow.