Montana Legislature

On this episode of "Campaign Beat": Conrad Burns' legacy; analysis of the latest attack ads in the gubernatorial race; and Gov. Bullock's new (yet old) infrastructure funding plan.

Both of the major candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race agree infrastructure funding is important for the state and its citizens.

Governor Steve Bullock announced his plan for the 2017 Legislative Session during a stop in Billings.

The Democrat says this proposal melds together ideas negotiated with the Republican majority in the 2015 session that narrowly failed.

A client bedroom at the Assessment and Stabilization Unit (ASU).
Steve Jess

More Montanans with developmental disabilities will be moving into community-based care under a plan approved today in Boulder.

Sen. Kristin Hansen (R) SD-14.
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State lawmakers are criticizing the state health department’s plan for how to address the high suicide rate among Montana’s young Native Americans.

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

Carol Dailey is afraid of what will happen to her son if state lawmakers continue their plan to shut down the Montana Developmental Center, in Boulder. The treatment and housing center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to close in June 2017.

Carolyn Squires is being remembered for her unwavering devotion to the working Montanan. Squires died this week at the age of 75.
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Carolyn Squires had almost 30 years of experience in the Montana legislature. The Missoula Democrat died this week at the age of 75.

Squires is being remembered for her unwavering devotion to the working Montanan.

Members of the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit task force met for the first time Tuesday at the capitol.
William Marcus

  Today state lawmakers heard from chronic pain patients who want to reform Montana’s policy regarding access to pain medications like opioids.

Casey Brock from Glendive and Terri Anderson from Hamilton call the reform ‘The Montana Pain Patients’ Bill of Rights."

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William Marcus

Montana lawmakers are considering a change to the state’s rape law. A draft bill would update the definition of “consent” in cases of sexual assault. Current law defines the term ‘without consent’ but leaves the word ‘consent’ mostly undefined.

William Marcus

State lawmakers on Tuesday heard that there is a $300,000 problem with the state’s new crime lab. It’s set to open in Billings in May.

Missoula County Detention Center
Courtesy Missoula County Detention Center

Montana lawmakers are looking to other states for advice as they address concerns about overpopulated prisons and jails, and an overburdened justice system.

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