Steve Bullock

Montana Legislature
9:40 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Democrats Hope To Shrink GOP Majorities In Montana Legislature

Democrats hope races in newly redrawn legislative districts could help them pick up seats this fall.
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From the seat of his combine in the Helena Valley, Republican Senate candidate Joe Dooling talked about why he decided to run for the Legislature.

“I’m just wondering where all the grownups are,” he said.

The 2013 legislative session was marked by a split between conservatives and moderates in the Republican majority, at least one day of banging on tables and more than 70 vetoes from Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat. Dooling said he was frustrated by all of it.

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Providence Saint Patrick Hospital
5:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Governor Confident Providence Saint Patrick Hospital Can Handle Ebola Patients

A scanning electron micrograph image of Ebola virons.
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Governor Steve Bullock says he's confident that should Missoula's Providence Saint Patrick hospital be asked to treat an Ebola patient, it would provide top notch care.

St.Pat's is one of four hospitals in the country specifically prepared to care for someone with such a highly infectious disease.

As we reported yesterday, some people who work there aren’t sure the hospital is adequately prepared to accept an Ebola case.

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Montana Politics
5:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Gov. Bullock Promotes Early Education In Missoula

Gov. Bullock pushed his early childhood education proposal at a Missoula pre-school on Oct. 15, 2014.
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Governor Steve Bullock's early childhood education proposal received an enthusiastic response today at a Missoula pre-kindergarten program, even as critics are wondering about its expense and value to taxpayers.

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Early Childhood Education
5:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Governor Calls For Early Childhood Education

Governor Bullock reads to students.
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Governor Steve Bullock says it is time to give every four-year old Montana child access to a high-quality, early childhood education.

It is one of the priorities of the Bullock Administration going into the 2015 Montana Legislative session.

Bullock kicked off the "Early Edge Montana” initiative with stops today in Hardin and Billings. He'll be in Helena and Great Falls to talk about the program Tuesday, in Missoula on Wednesday, and Bozeman on Thursday. Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean will visit Browning to talk about it on Thursday. 

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Same Day Registration
9:38 am
Mon October 13, 2014

LR-126 Asks Montanans To End Election Day Registration

An array of groups -- from unions to the AARP -- have banded together to fight LR-126.
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Voters face only two ballot issues this election, and the one getting the most attention is about voting itself.

Since 2006, Montanans have been able to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots. That would end if voters approve Legislature Referendum 126 on Nov. 4.

A “yes” vote would repeal same-day voter registration. If that happens, citizens who don’t register by 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election won’t be able to vote.

A “no” vote would keep the system as it is.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions
5:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Missoula Crowd Pushes DEQ For More CO2 Options

Montana DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning
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A meeting to talk about reducing Montana’s carbon dioxide emissions drew more than 150 people to a Missoula hotel last night.

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality invited people to hear about and comment on their “white paper,” which shows five different strategies for the state to reduce Co2 emissions to meet a new federal target. That target for Montana is to reduce Co2 emissions by 21 percent by the year 2030.

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Climate Change
4:53 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Good News From Montana's Role In Changing Carbon Pollution

Kudos to Governor Bullock and the MT DEQ for their work on carbon pollution at power plants.

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Coal Town Wary Of More Regulation
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Chilly Reception For Montana Climate Plan In Colstrip

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Billings residents and Missoulians are next in line to weigh in on Montana's climate plan. Governor Steve Bullock asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to analyze potential ways the state can comply with E.P.A's proposed Clean Power Plan.

State regulators were in Colstrip yesterday, the heart of Montana coal country, for a public meeting on a draft rule limiting carbon pollution in Montana.

Montana Associated Press reporter Matthew Brown attended yesterday's meeting at Colstrip High School.

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Montana CO2 Emissions
6:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Rep. Ankney: Governor's CO2 Proposal 'Worth Talking About'

Republican State Legislator Duane Ankney.
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Tonight Governor Bullock’s proposal for how Montana can reduce C02 emissions from its coal fired power plants gets its first public airing at a meeting in Colstrip.

More public meetings will follow in Billings tomorrow night, and Missoula on Thursday. The administration is trying to meet a goal set by the Environmental Protection Agency for Montana to reduce C02 emissions 21 percent by the year 2030.

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sage grouse
3:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Executive Order Establishes Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

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Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order today that he says will help protect sage grouse and ensure the bird remains under state - not federal - management.

Sage grouse are found in 11 states. They've lost over half their historic habitat to development.

Bullock says the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program provides incentives for landowners to conserve important habitat. It establishes what are called "no surface occupancy zones" around key breeding areas where resource extraction work would be prohibited.

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