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A group founded by a state representative claimed on social media that he was threatened during a committee hearing at the Capitol Monday. But others at the same hearing say they heard no threats.

Citizens for Balanced Use posted on Facebook Monday night that Representative Kerry White, a Bozeman Republican, was threatened by environmentalists during a public comment period on a resolution he proposed.

A birds-eye view looking north into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham

At a ranch near Seeley Lake Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced he is introducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. The bill would protect nearly 80,000 acres of wilderness and develop a comprehensive trail plan to provide recreationists with access to the Lolo National Forest. This would include opening some areas to snowmobiling and protecting access for mountain biking.

Bill Would Allow Montana Distilleries To Stay Open Later

Feb 22, 2017
House Bill 474  would make distillers and brewers in Montana operate under the same tasting room laws.
Flickr user, Patrik Kristian (cc-by-2.0)

Distillers and a brewer testified at the Montana Capitol today to support a bill that would make their businesses operate under the same tasting room laws.

Lawmakers Consider Resolution To Help Curb Air Ambulance Costs

Feb 22, 2017
In an effort to control prices on air ambulance rides in Montana, lawmakers are considering urging Congress to revise the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.
Christopher Ebdon (CC-BY-NC-SA)

In an effort to control prices on air ambulance rides in Montana, lawmakers are considering urging Congress to revise the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Senate Joint Resolution 13 resulted from an interim committee’s study that found prices for air ambulance services in the state were leaving patients bankrupt.

Brad Van Wert, also known as Solar Guy, gives a speech at a brewery in Kalispell, Montana earlier this month.
Nicky Ouellet

If you ever go on Facebook, you may have noticed a new face popping up in your newsfeed. Solar Guy, or Brad Van Wert, is the face of Charge Montana, a coalition of renewable energy advocates, to get Montanans excited about solar energy, and more specifically, legislation that affects the cost of electricity.

Montana Republicans Want $5.5 Million To Grow Healthcare Program
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Two Republican state lawmakers from Hamilton are asking for $5.5 million to expand a healthcare program.

Montana Senator Steve Daines spoke at the state Capitol Wednesday, February 22.
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

When U.S. Senator Steve Daines arrived to the state Capitol Wednesday to speak with House lawmakers and tout support for President Trump's Nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, a crowd of protesters, and a few supporters, were there to meet him.

Senator Daines' Speech To Montana's Legislature

Feb 22, 2017
Sen. Steve Daines
Courtesy photo

This transcript of U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ remarks as prepared for delivery was provided by his staff.

The Republican House majority refused to bring a bill to the floor for debate that would give legal recourse to LGBTQ individuals in cases of discrimination.  House Bill 417 would have added sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to Montana’s Human Rights Act.


Flags across Montana flew at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Montana’s first female Supreme Court Chief Justice, Karla Gray. Gray died Sunday in Helena of cancer. She was 69-years-old.

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