Art Wittich

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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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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Capitol Talk
4:38 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Medicaid Expansion, Welfare Fraud, And Clemency On This Week's 'Capitol Talk'

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison bring you news and analysis about the Montana Legislature every Friday during the session.

Gov. Bullock introduced his Medicaid expansion plan this week. It promises to help the uninsured and bring Montana tax dollars back to the state. Bullock's plan faces opposition from Republicans who worry Medicaid and other welfare programs are riddled with fraud and create disincentives to work.

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Taxes
5:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Tax Cuts Up For Debate At The Capitol

Credit Reynermedia.com (CC-BY-2.0)

Montana lawmakers are considering whether to approve a one-time only tax cut or a slight reduction across all income tax brackets.

The two tax bills were heard Monday before the House Taxation Committee. From Helena, Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanaka has more.

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Obamacare Alternative
11:15 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Montana Senate Republicans Release Health Plan

Stevensville Senator Fred Thomas chairs the Montana Senate's Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee
Credit Montana Legislature

A group of Montana Republicans have released their plan to improve health care and insurance coverage in Montana.

Stevensville Senator Fred Thomas says: “Improving our healthcare system is a far more complicated equation than simply expanding government insurance coverage. Any solution must be a comprehensive plan that does more than just provide health insurance through the Obamacare framework.”

You can see the proposal below.

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Montana Politics Week In Review
4:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal

This week in Montana politics:

The A.P. reported that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.

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Montana News
3:53 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Closed primaries, V.A. craziness and campaign chicanery

Over the weekend, Montana Republicans held their platform convention in Billings.  Chuck Johnson of Lee Newspapers reports that Republicans, "Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections. . . called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them."  Delegates also supported a resolution to turn over federal public lands to the state.

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Montana BASE
10:28 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC

The moderate GOP lawmakers calling themselves "Responsible Republicans" gather for a press conference following the 2013 Montana Legislative Session.
Credit Montana BASE website

 A group of moderate Republicans who denounce anonymous campaign spending in elections say their Political Action Committee, or PAC, plays by the rules.

PACs have been the source of so-called dark money over the last few elections cycles, and a lot of that spending in Montana has been aimed at helping more conservative Republicans win primary campaigns.

The moderates say this time they’re fighting back--in a transparent way.

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Republican Rift
5:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election

Credit Jacob Baynham, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

 As Montana moves toward the June primary elections, a deep divide still exists between elements of the state legislature’s Republican caucus.

This split between moderate and conservative Republicans was most dramatically seen in the 2013 Montana Senate, where the GOP held a 29-21 majority over Democrats. The body almost seemed to have three caucuses, though, as a small group of Republicans regularly defied party leadership to side with Democrats on a number of key issues such as campaign spending law changes, school funding legislation, and state employee pension reform.

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