2015 Legislature
9:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

House Approves Domestic Violence Bill Inspired By O.J. Simpson Case

Rep. Matthew Monforton (R) HD69
Credit Montana Legislature

The House approved Bozeman Republican Matthew Monforton’s proposal to broaden the type of evidence that is admissible in domestic violence and child abuse cases Tuesday.

Monforton argued that juries ought to be allowed to hear about the prior bad acts committed by an accused abuser, acts that are currently considered inadmissible.

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2015 Legislature
9:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Tax Cut Bills Advance In The House

Credit William Marcus

A permanent income tax cut and a two-year income tax rebate for homeowners edged closer to final approval in the Montana House Tuesday.

In floor debate Kalispell Republican Frank Garner pointed to the projected $300 million surplus in Governor Steve Bullock’s proposed budget, and said that money should go back to the people it came from, the taxpayers.

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Employment
7:14 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Montana Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.2 Percent

The latest jobless numbers say unemployment in Montana fell by one-tenth of one percent last month, and is down a full percentage point over the previous year.

Barbara Wagner is chief economist at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

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Gold Mine
6:43 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

DEQ Approves Permit For Gold Mine Near Butte

Butte Highlands mine.
Credit Courtesy Timberline Resources

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit for an underground gold mine south of Butte Monday.

The permitting process for the Butte Highlands Mine started in 2010, and Timberline Resources, the Idaho-based company behind it has already been exploring on the privately owned site.

Kristi Ponozzo with Montana DEQ says the mining permit "includes modifications to the proposed action...for mining. Under that alternative we are requiring additional water quality monitoring."

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Montana Newscasts
6:27 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Evening Newscast 01-27-15

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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