This week, committees will see bills on biometric data privacy, on the deregulation of the cottage animal treat business, on the public’s right to know about the state settling lawsuits, on slashing income taxes for veteran pensions, and on the regulation of hemp farming.
A bill that would allow NorthWestern Energy to take control of the Colstrip power plant with scaled-back oversight of the Public Service Commission, is moving through the Legislature at lightning speed.
Democratic Rep. Kim Abbott on the difference between lobbying and legislating, the challenges of keeping personal emotions in check during debate on hot-button issues, and some of the surprises she encountered since joining the House.
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.
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?