Montana Board of Regents

Pending the approval of the Montana Board of Regents today the University of Montana School of Law will take on the name of its biggest donor.

Alexander Blewett’s gift of $10 million was announced yesterday to the regents. The donation is the largest in UM law school history, and among the largest individual gifts in UM history.

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison
Eliza Wiley

This week on "Capitol Talk", Sally, Mike and Chuck cover pre-school education's tough reception at the legislature, the infrastructure funding debate, Medicaid expansion passions, and concealed carry on campus.

"Capitol Talk," our weekly legislative news and analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the legislative session. MTPR's Sally Mauk is joined by Lee Newspapers reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

Tune in to "Capitol Talk" on your radio every Friday during the session at 6:35 p.m. and again on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Guns On Campus On Tuesday's Legislative Agenda

Mar 9, 2015
Montana Capitol
William Marcus

Tuesday brings round two for a bill at the Montana Legislature to allow guns on college campuses. Republican Senator Cary Smith of Billings is carrying Senate Bill 143, which would prohibit the Board of Regents from regulating gun possession.

“Well the main argument seems to be that they don’t think that college students are smart enough or bright enough or careful enough to have weapons and I just don’t agree with that.”

Democratic Senator Dick Barrett of Missoula, says it's not a question of if students can have guns, but who makes rules on campus.

News Roundup: Week Five At The Montana Legislature

Feb 8, 2015
William Marcus

Juneau calls for early education, tax cuts pass, lawmakers consider drones on public lands and Fox supports bill to combat human trafficking.

In her address to a joint session of the Montana Legislature last week, Superintendent Denise Juneau praised Montana’s schools and called for more investment in them.

“We have a lot to be proud of in this state,” she said.

Juneau listed accomplishments like the highest graduation rates in the state’s history and growth in organizations like the Future Farmers of America.

News Roundup, Week 4 At The Montana Legislature

Feb 2, 2015
William Marcus

In the middle of the fourth week of the 64th Montana Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock took the rostrum in the House of Representatives with a big smile.

“The state of our state is strong,” Bullock said, beginning his State of the State address.

Bullock touted his fiscal discipline and pushed his big legislative priorities, getting multiple standing ovations from Democrats and occasional claps from a few Republicans.

Regents Approve New MSU Mental Health Research Center

Sep 18, 2014

Montana is getting a new Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University. The state Board of Regents unanimously approved that today. Part of the new center’s mission is to reduce Montana’s high suicide rate.

MSU President Waded Cruzado says suicide is painful and personal. She told the Regents, it’s an issue she began dealing with a month-and-a-half before she took the helm at the Bozeman campus almost five years ago. Cruzado said since then, "not a semester has gone by that MSU has not lost a student to suicide."

Dan Boyce

Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.

Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.

The largest union of Montana University System employees announced this week a bargain has been reached with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education over pay raises for the next two years.

The Montana Public Employees Association represents nearly 1700 ‘classified employees’ of the university system. Executive Director Quinton Nyman said the tentative agreement includes the following raises:

·        Effective Oct. 1, 2013: all MPEA bargaining unit members will receive a 46-cent per hour base pay raise.

Dan Boyce


Leaders from across Montana’s public education spectrum met in Helena Tuesday to discuss shared priorities for improving the experience and results for the state’s students.