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Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network
Courtesy Rachel Carroll Rivas

The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual national census of organizations it considers extremist or hate based. It includes groups in Montana. Montana Human Rights Network Co-Director Rachel Carroll Rivas spoke with MTPR's Edward O'Brien for a statewide perspective that started with her definition of hate groups.

Sen. Steve Daines
Courtesy photo

Senator Steve Daines will hold a town hall via telephone tonight, (Thursday, Feb. 16) from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., according to a representative from the Missoula office.

To join the call, text "SenatorDaines" —  one word — to 828-282, or call your local Daines' office.

Bill Would Require Auto Insurance Rates Be Based On Driving Record

Feb 16, 2017

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.

Montana Bill Would Make Hunting And Fishing A Constitutional Right

A bill in the Montana Legislature would ask voters to decide whether the Montana Constitution should establish hunting, fishing and trapping as "a right essential to pursuing life’s basic necessities."

Proposed Montana Law Would Supersede Federal Gun Regulations

Feb 15, 2017
Sen. Cary Smith is the sponsor of SB-99, which would prohibit federal bans on firearms in Montana.
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would supersede federal law for any future ban on firearms and magazines.

Montana Capitol dome
William Marcus

Montana's House Judiciary Committee heard impassioned testimony today from both sides of House Bill 417 to extend non-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people across Montana.

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state Board of Regents to adopt a policy on accepting money or other gifts for the state’s colleges and universities.

Both the University of Montana and Montana State University have benefited from multi-million dollar gifts that resulted in naming rights.

Montana Standard Editor David McCumber.
Mike Albans

Last week, a citizens' environmental group in Butte presented new findings on levels of heavy metals contamination in Silver Bow Creek. Nora Saks talks to David McCumber, editor of the Montana Standard, about that study and about the Superfund clean-up going forward.

The amount of money a campus in the Montana University System receives from the state for a full-time resident student varies, sometimes widely.

The high is about $11,000 for a student at MSU-Northern to a low of $6,500 at Great Falls College MSU, according to data gathered by the Legislative Fiscal Division.

Capitol Connections: Montana American Indian Caucus

Feb 15, 2017

There are 9 American Indian legislators in the 65th Montana Legislature, according to self-reporting to the Legislative Services Division. That’s about 6% of the 150 members. These 9 lawmakers have joined forces with at least 7 other legislative colleagues with American Indian constituents to form the Montana American Indian Caucus.