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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.