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State Of The State
6:10 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Listen To The 2015 State Of The State Address

Montana state capitol.
Credit William Marcus

Listen to Wednesday's State of the State address and the Republican response.

Gov. Steve Bullock addressed the people of Montana and the the legislature on Jan 28 in Helena. Sen. Eric Moore gave the Republican Response.

Analysis from Sally Mauk, MTPR's Senior News Analyst and Christopher Muste, Professor of Political Science at the University of Montana follows each speech.

Just want to hear the analysis segments? Listen below.

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2015 Legislature
5:14 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Legalizing The Sale Of Raw Milk On Wednesday's Legislative Agenda

Credit William Marcus

The debate over legalizing the sale of raw milk returns to the Montana Legislature Wednesday with

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2015 Legislature
5:03 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Bill For Blocking Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

This morning at the Montana Legislature, Representatives considered a bill to make sure no future federal gun ban could be enforced in Montana. This would include bans on large ammo clips and semi-automatic weapons, even though none currently exist.

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National Forest Roads
4:40 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Plan Calls For Road Closures, New Motorized Loops In Bitterroot National Forest

A Bitterroot Valley environmental group is skeptical of a Forest Service plan to improve watersheds near Darby.

Local motorized off-road users, meanwhile, are supporting the 29,000 acre Darby Lumber Lands Project. 

The area is made up of lands previously owned by several different organizations and eventually acquired by the Forest Service. It's been extensively logged and also partially burned during the fires of 2000. As a result, Bitterroot Forest hydrologist, Ed Snook, says too much sediment is getting into local waterways.

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University Infrastructure
4:13 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Montana University System Requests $53 Million In Bonds For Infrastructure

The Montana University System is asking lawmakers for permission to issue just over $53 million in bonds.

The money would be used to renovate existing buildings to protect the life and safety of students, faculty and staff;  bring the buildings up to code; and for improvements to classrooms and laboratories.

Among the projects: the library building at Montana State Billings. It has the largest lecture classrooms on campus, but it doesn’t comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

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MTPR Program Highlights
8:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

January 29 - February 4

THURSDAY January 29, 2015

5:00-9:00 a.m.    Morning Edition from NPR, Montana Morning News, and Marketplace Morning Report

9:00 a.m.    A Writers Almanac - Historical literary calendar, commentary and poetry with host Garrison Keillor

9:05 a.m.    Morning Classics – Bach: orchestral Suite #4 in D major; Biber: Sonata à 6 in G major – Campanarum; Walther: Sonata in G major – Imitatione del Cuccu; Poulenc: Aubade, for piano; D’Indy: Trio #2 en forme de suite, in G major, Op. 98; Bizet: Symphony in C
 
11:00 a.m.    Freeforms with Zed

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2015 Legislature
6:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Aims To Prohibit State Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

Credit William Marcus

The Montana Legislature re-opens the debate over gun regulation on Tuesday. Republican Representative Art Wittich is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit state police from upholding federal laws that ban large ammo clips and semiautomatic weapons.

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2015 Legislature
5:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Bars Governor From Expanding Medicaid Through Executive Action

A Montana House Committee Monday took up a bill that could provide a preview of the coming debate on Medicaid expansion.

Freshman Republican Matthew Monforton, from Bozeman, is pushing a bill that would bar the governor from setting up a healthcare exchange or expanding Medicaid without the legislature’s approval.

"There are other states in which a governor has unilaterally imposed Medicaid expansion without the approval of the legislature, and in Montana we don’t think that’s appropriate," Monforton said.

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Taylor Brown
5:48 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Taylor Brown: How The Voice Of Agriculture Found His Senatorial Voice

Sen. Taylor Brown, R-Huntley, speaks on a bill during the Jan. 21 floor session.
Credit Michael Wright

Of all the people on the Montana Senate Agriculture committee, there’s one who always seems to be having more fun.

“To me,” said Sen. Taylor Brown, R-Huntley, “that’s like recess.”

Brown, in his second Senate term, serves as the committee’s chair. He knows the issues and the people, and the people know him. For many years his voice reported farm news to every corner of the state for Northern Broadcasting System, which he now owns.

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2015 Legislature
5:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Providing Housing Vouchers For Parolees Advances

Margie MacDonald (D) HD51
Credit Montana Legislature

On Monday, the Montana House of Representatives advanced a bill that would provide 3-month housing vouchers for paroled inmates who would not have a place to live otherwise.

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