HELENA — A proposal by Montana Governor Steve Bullock calls for $440 million in infrastructure projects across the state, including rural water projects, dam upgrades, a state museum, and new university buildings. As the Legislature meets this winter and spring, one of lawmakers’ chief tasks is deciding how much of that request the governor — and Montana communities — will get.
Tourists, taxes, carbon emissions, and coal exports are among the five things on our radar this week at the Montana Legislature.
Lawmakers in the Senate advanced rules that limit public access to legal review notes on bills by barring their publication on the Legislature’s website. Montana Free Press will provide online public access to those legal notes right here on our website.
HELENA – There are plenty of infrastructure priorities jockeying for scarce state dollars as the Montana Legislature meets this winter, but, with housing costs a burden for many modest-income Montanans, advocates and some lawmakers want to spend state money boosting affordable housing projects. A trio of bills endorsed by a committee of legislators who studied housing and local government issues between the 2017 and 2019 legislative sessions — House Bill 16, Senate Bill 15, and Senate Bill 18 — are designed to make that happen.
Youth suicide, honoring an officer, coal plants, switchblades, and plastic straws: lawmakers have a lot to discuss during Week 3 of the legislative session.
A loose-knit, ever-evolving group of Republican legislators is making waves and causing headaches in the 66th Montana Legislature. So who are the lawmakers in the “Solutions Caucus,” and what’s their agenda?
The halls and hearing rooms of the Montana Capitol will echo with chatter about student loans, firefighter health, rape kits, and a deluge of bill requests the week of Jan. 14. Here are some topics to follow.
At $6.6 billion in agency spending — plus another $439 million in infrastructure proposals — there’s plenty in Bullock’s budget for lawmakers to chew on.
In the inaugural Montana Lowdown podcast, House Appropriations Committee co-chair Nancy Ballance weighs-in on the ideological battle for the heart and soul of the Republican caucus.