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Montana Legislature

Montana Capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

A mail-in ballot bill that could impact how Montanan's select their next congressman, is likely dead after a party line vote Wednesday morning.

Democrats forced a vote on the bill in a House committee hearing, a move that blindsided some Republicans, who criticize the minority party’s tactics.

The Montana House, on a 56-44 vote, gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban the application of foreign laws in state courts. Proponents and opponents have dubbed Senate Bill 97 the Sharia law measure. Opponents said it targets Muslims.


William Marcus

Governor Steve Bullock's office warned lawmakers Tuesday that they’re risking a special legislative session and budget cuts if they rely too much on new, more optimistic state revenue projections to fund the state budget.

Montana Senate Endorses Concealed Weapons Bills

Mar 28, 2017
Montana Senate Endorses Concealed Weapons Bills
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Senators have tentatively approved a measure granting themselves the right to carry concealed weapons in the state Capitol and other state property.

The chamber endorsed the bill 33-17 on Tuesday.

The University of Montana.
Josh Burnham

University of Montana student Hunter Losing’s message to lawmakers was simple- 

“We cannot balance the budget on the backs of students. We need to tell them we need courage, not cuts,” he said.

Bill Would Require Online Travel Companies To Pay Full Bed Tax

Mar 28, 2017
Sen. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula, says during testimony Monday that his bill would clarify the intent of past legislation to include online travel companies in the state’s bed tax.
Freddy Monares

A bill in the Montana Senate would reverse a 2015 Montana Supreme Court decision that allowed online travel companies, like Expedia and hotels.com, to avoid a part of the state’s bed tax.

Bill Prohibiting Sanctuary Cities In Montana Advances To House

Mar 28, 2017

The House Judiciary Committee voted down three bills, and passed three bills Tuesday.

House Bill 611, which would prohibit sanctuary cities in Montana, was one of the bills that passed and will now move to the full House for debate. A sanctuary city is a city that allows undocumented citizens to avoid deportation. The bill passed on party lines.

Local Option Taxes Die in Committee

Mar 28, 2017

Senate Bill 331, like Montana’s existing resort tax, would have allowed larger municipalities to ask their voters whether to impose a sales tax on so-called luxury goods and services purchased by tourists and visitors.  This bill had a twist in that it would sunset after the identified infrastructure project was completed.


Montana 'Bathroom Bill' Killed In Legislative Committee
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A Montana legislative panel has rejected a bill that called for a statewide vote on whether to bar transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that don't match their gender at birth.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 11-7 against the bill today. It is likely dead, though it could be revived if enough votes flip in the committee or if a majority of representatives blast it to the House floor.

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to continue to allow tribal members to hunt buffalo near Yellowstone National Park in accordance with the traditional ceremonies of each tribe.

There had been a sunset on the original legislation that granted 2 free state issued buffalo hunting permits per year to tribes. House Bill 108 seeks to continue the practice.


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