Mary Ann Dunwell

Montana Legislature Ponders Marijuana Legalization Study

Apr 10, 2017
Montana lawmakers may have the opportunity to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the next year or so.

Montana lawmakers may have the opportunity to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the next year or so.

Democratic Representative Mary Ann Dunwell of Helena says even if now isn’t the time to legalize, it may be the time for the state to look at the issue:

Montana Lawmakers Work On Suicide Prevention Legislation

Jan 30, 2017
Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell testifies on a bill at the Montana Legislature.
Freddy Monares/UM Community

During his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said that he "cannot tolerate that Montana leads the nation in youth suicide."

"I am haunted by this statistic," Bullock said.

Montana Lawmakers Consider Suicide Prevention Grants

Jan 24, 2017

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would award grants through the Office of Public Instruction to develop a district-wide system of support to prevent students from suicide.

House Bill 265 would require schools that receive the grant adopt and implement a suicide prevention plan outlined in the bill. 

On Monday, business owners and labor industry representatives testified before lawmakers in Helena during the first hearing of a bill to increase the minimum wage in Montana.

Rene Whalen grabs what she can of her important papers and photos while evacuating the home she's lived in for 20 years. Hundreds of homes are under evacuation due to the Roaring Lion Fire.
Mike Albans

The Montana Department of Revenue is reaching out to Bitterroot Valley residents who lost their homes this week to wildfire. The nearly 8,000 acre Roaring Lion fire has consumed at least 14 homes and other outbuildings.

MDC, The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.
Dan Boyce

The committee charged with closing the Montana Developmental Center has voted to keep part of the Boulder facility open indefinitely.

Montana Capitol
William Marcus

Montana’s Department of Revenue caused a furor when it said people who donate to private religious schools don’t qualify for new tax credits created by this year’s legislature. Representative Mary Anne Dunwell, a Helena Democrat, agrees:

Montana Capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

Montana’s proposed rules for political campaigns need rewriting. That was the opinion of several public interest groups that testified during two days of public hearings Wednesday and Thursday at the state capitol. The rules proposed by Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl, define when a public interest group qualifies as a "political committee".

'Fracking' Chemical Disclosure On Friday's Legislative Agenda

Jan 22, 2015
Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

A bill requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is coming up on Friday.

The 2014 election officially begins

Jan 9, 2014
Dan Boyce


The Secretary of State's Office has reported a total of 139 Montana candidates filed to run during the first day they could officially do so.

Republican legislative candidates at a news event Thursday afternoon said Montana voters are tired of what they call failed liberal policies both in the state and in Washington D.C.