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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.