MTPR

Evening Newscast 03-15-17

Mar 15, 2017

The Montana House is scheduled to take up the main state budget bill Thursday and Friday.

Montana would have to spend an extra $126 million a year to continue its Medicaid expansion program under proposed legislation to replace the federal Affordable Care Act.

Montana lawmakers are considering footing the bill to defend a state senator who is being sued under the state's public records act to release her emails.

A Montana legislative committee has voted against a bill to set up a fund for firefighters who develop lung diseases as a result of their duties.

A split Montana Supreme Court has ruled that blood is not evidence that can be tampered with until it is removed from a person's body, even if a judge has issued a warrant authorizing a blood draw.

Montana lawmakers are considering a six-percent sales tax on medical marijuana.

Republican Rep. Wylie Galt says generating revenue for the state can be as simple as counting to 21, meaning, playing blackjack.

The Chippewa Cree Tribe announced today it will be holding back assistance payments and scaling back the tribe's workforce on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation after a judge ordered the tribe to pay more than $25 million to a loan company.