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.
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.