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2013 Montana Politics News


Facing down fiscal policy: Candidates for Missoula mayor discuss business:


From helping set the city's budget to overseeing municipal departments that issue busines licenses and permits, the mayor of Missoula is heavily involved in the business of doing business. Missoulians ...


Two films shot in Montana make it into Cannes Festival - SB-282 ELIMINATES A TAX REBATE and kills any chance we have in landing future movie projects to be shot in Montana.:


Montana will hit the big screen in two of the 19 films selected in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival competition, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and French director ...


Statement of Governor Steve Bullock at the Press Conference on Medicaid Expansion:


When you watch the news tonight or pick up a paper tomorrow, there's a good chance that people will be talking about who won and who lost in the legislature today. They'll say that the Republican ...


Montana House backs historic rewrite of public school funding:


By Mike Dennison (0) Comments HELENA - A bipartisan coalition in the state House on Monday amended and then endorsed a historic rewrite of public school funding in Montana, likely setting the bill ...


Lobbying at the 2013 Montana legislature - A University of Montana student's perspective :


As the rays of sun peek over the mountains, striking the outside of Montana's Capitol, four floors of legislators shuffle through the halls to committee hearings, meetings and their offices. The hushed ...


Billings lawmaker's 'warning' to renters sparks controversy - Rep. Dave Hagstrom says they don't need "to live as long as they currently do, or as 'comfortably' as they currently do.":


A South Billings landlord and state legislator is warning low-income renters to accept that they don't need "to live as long as they currently do, or as 'comfortably' as they currently do." In an April ...


SB-282 ELIMINATES A TAX REBATE and kills any chance we have in landing movie projects to be shot in Montana.:


SB 282 has passed the Senate and is making its way through the House. It has a hearing on Friday April 12th. HB 581 has passed third reading and is headed to Senate. Contained in these taxation bills ...


URGENT ACTION requested to Save the Montana Main Street program!:


Last week an amendment to reinstate funding for the Montana Main Street Program in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee failed with a 10 to 10 vote. HB2 will move to the Senate floor this week and, ...


Montana Senate rejects Williams' nomination to regents and then Approves guns on Montana's college campuses:


"First, I'm disappointed in the partisan nature of the Senate vote. But I am not surprised that the same Senate which voted today to legalize and encourage our students to pack heat on our college campuses, ...


Legislative Alert: Bill to abolish Montana Department of Commerce and transfer functions to Montana Department of Labor Hearing Notification for HB621:


Please be aware of a hearing tomorrow regarding HB621 that would abolish MDOC and transfer functions to MDLI. MEDA's leadership is compiling a letter to address this issue and will share with the ...


Who's behind Montana's school-choice movement?:


The state organization is the Montana Family Foundation, a group based in Laurel and known for its conservative push on social issues, such as opposing gay rights and abortion. By MIKE DENNISON IR ...


Cookie-cutter legislation - How a corporate bill mill plays into Montana politics-and why you should care:


"If folks are just going to basically scissor and paste ideas that come from a national organization funded by the right-wing Koch brothers to do harm to established institutions in Montana like, in particular, ...


Montana lawmakers look at consumer-data proposal :


A House panel heard a bill Tuesday that would require companies to divulge the personal information they glean from consumers and to which entities they sell the information. House Bill 572 http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/LAW0203W$BSRV.ActionQuery?P_SESS=20131&P_BLTP_BILL_TYP_CD=HB&P_BILL_NO=572&P_BILL_DFT_NO=&P_CHPT_NO=&Z_ACTION=Find&P_SBJT_SBJ_CD=&P_ENTY_ID_SEQ= ...
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What Montana doesn't know can hurt us:


Recently, one national insurance company wanted to raise its rates by double-digits across the country, including for customers in South Dakota and Montana. The South Dakota insurance commissioner has ...


Montana Legislation could either sharpen or weaken local government tool for economic development:


Two pieces of pending legislation could drastically change the way Montana cities encourage economic growth. The bills relate to the handling of tax increment finance districts, known as TIFs, ...


Opponents rip into school-choice tax credit measure:


State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Dennis Parman didn't mince words Friday when he blasted supporters of this session's major bill creating tax credits to help finance scholarships for ...
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Montana lawmakers say BYOB is A-OK:


The Montana House has rejected a proposal aimed at stopping people from bringing their own beer and wine into restaurants that don't have liquor licenses. House Bill 405 by Republican Rep. Roger ...


Billionaire fracking brothers top donors to Montana political campaigns:


Two billionaire brothers who made a fortune in the fracking industry and have begun buying up eastern Montana land were the top donors to successful 2012 legislative candidates, according to a new report ...


Montana University system budget hikes may be tied to performance measures:


Part of the Montana university system's budget increase in fiscal 2015 likely will depend on whether it meets certain performance standards such as college completion rates, officials announced ...


Gazette opinion: Invest now in doctors Montana needs :


Every other state in WWAMI -- except Montana -- has increased its number of students in the past several years. Montana doesn't have a medical school. So, for the past 40 years, the state has ...


Rotunda Display Session - Montana Board Of Research And Commercialization Technology, 2/12, Helena, Montana:


Display Session to showcase a representation of projects funded by the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology that have resulted in commercialization. Announcement and Invitation ...


Juneau calls on Montana legislators to invest in public schools:


"There is no better economic development tool than making sure our young people receive a quality education so they can secure a good job and are better able to support a family. To be pro-business, you ...


Higher ed expert offers insight, slams Montana's financial aid practices:


"We're in a death spiral -- that is, our universities are turning away from the state, and the state is turning away from the universities," Mortenson said. "It's not in the interest of either the state ...


Missoulian Editorial: Montana Legislature's inaction on dropout age bill appalling and inexcusable :


The Montana Legislature's Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee is apparently fine with Montana students dropping out of school before they've earned that diploma. Before they've reached the ...


Covering uninsured good for Montana's health, economy:


One of the most important issues facing the 2013 Montana Legislature is whether to take advantage of the opportunity to expand health insurance coverage to low-income Montanans. The Montana Hospital ...


Governor Bullock tours Missoula College, sees need for new facility:


"We're teaching students in eight trailers you couldn't even live in," Bullock said. "Missoula College http://www.cte.umt.edu/ is an amazing educational facility, but it was built for 700 students ...


Montana Governor Steve Bullock - "State of the State" address outlines signature proposals, urges 'brighter future' for kids:


"If we accept that this is more about (our children's) generation than ours, we will enter this building every day committed to creating even greater opportunities than we had," Bullock http://governor.mt.gov/governor.aspx ...


Building momentum - Governor Bullock touts plan for $8M auto-tech center at Northern:


Before he pushes for the legislature to fund the reconstruction of Montana State University-Northern's Auto/Diesel Technology Center, Gov. Steve Bullock visited the Havre campus Thursday to see why he ...


Legislators can play a role in dropout prevention:


This week, the Office of Public Instruction released its annual Graduation and Dropout Report. For the fourth year in a row, graduation rates were up and dropout rates were down. The credit for this ...


Montana legislature should freeze tuition, invest in higher ed:


The 2013 legislative session is an important time for Montanans who care about the price of enrolling their family members or themselves in college. Over the next four months, legislators and the governor ...

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