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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.