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Brad Tschida

Gov. Steve Bullock. File photo.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock used his veto pen Thursday to kill what he calls "a regular political game" played by the Legislature, to restrict the governor’s use of the state airplane.

The bill sponsored by Missoula Republican Brad Tschida would have blocked the governor from using the state plane for any activity related to state or federal political campaigns, unless the governor reimburses the state for the costs.

Montana Lawmakers Confront Tight Budget

Mar 9, 2017
State Capitol, Helena
Jacob Baynham, Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock says the number one concern he has with the Legislature’s proposed budget is the lack of funding for essential services.

Montana Capitol, Helena.
Mike Albans

Before adjourning for a mid-session hiatus, the Montana House gave final passage to a slate of bills, but rejected — on a tie vote — a proposal that sought to criminalize physician-assisted suicide.

Montana Groups Sue To Stop 'Marsey's Law' From Taking Effect
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Montana voters are being asked to amend the state constitution to spell out specific rights for crime victims. Supporters of Constitutional Initiative 116 – or Marsy’s Law – say that’s important.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte stands in front of a poster-sized "classified ad" for the Montana state airplane. Gianforte says he'll sell the state plane if elected.
Corin Cates-Carney

A large black-and-white poster-sized classified ad selling a twin-engine plane stood as a prop on the Capitol steps Wednesday. The ad said the plane runs great, it was used in the past for mainly short flights and it’s a great party plane — for sale at $2 million or best offer.

Next to the ad, behind a wooden podium, Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte announced what his campaign touted as a major policy proposal.

House Defeats Bill Criminalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Feb 17, 2015
An effort by Democratic leadership to get some so-called  "silver bullet" bills this legislative session, like they had in 2015, was denied by Republicans this week in a rules committee.
William Marcus

The Montana House narrowly defeated a bill that said doctors could face criminal charges for prescribing life-ending medications even if the patient made the request.

Bills Opposing And Supporting Assisted Suicide On Tuesday's Legislative Agenda

Feb 9, 2015
Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

Tuesday at the Montana Legislature brings two opposing bills on physician-assisted suicide. Currently in state law, people with terminal illnesses can ask a doctor for aid in ending their lives.