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Bill would phase out Styrofoam food containers in Montana:


A bill entering the Montana House would eventually get rid of styrofoam food packaging, be it in to-go boxes or egg cartons. Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, says the aim is to protect the ...


North Carolina's bathroom bill cost the state at least $3.7 billion, new analysis finds:


A year after North Carolina enacted a law regulating transgender people's use of public restrooms, sparking boycotts and costing the state jobs and sports events alike, a new analysis says the legislation's ...


Bill focuses on luring films to Montana:


Lawmakers are reviewing a bill that calls for creating tax incentives to lure more film production to what was called "underserved" areas of the state. House Bill 602 requests reigniting a tax incentive ...


The Montana Digital Academy - Budget would slash funding for online classes, hurt smallest schools most:


Montana's proposed budget would slash funding for an online class program that disproportionately serves rural students, where small schools typically struggle to offer specialty classes. The Montana ...


Governor Bullock: "It's time for the games to stop and the bill to pass":


Bullock demands passage of infrastructure package to build Montana communities and create jobs As Governor Bullock's statewide infrastructure bill, House Bill 14, is being heard this morning in House ...


Governor Bullock hopes Montana early education bill rises from ashes:


He said his experience has taught him that bills and good ideas are not dead until the last day of the session and he's hoping 563 will be resurrected. Phil Drake , pdrake@greatfallstribune.com ...


Video: Hearing on Montana vote-by-mail election gets rowdy, room has to be cleared:


A county commissioner who drove over 400 miles to testify told lawmakers Thursday a vote-by-mail election to fill Montana's vacant U.S. House seat would save his rural county money and alleviate concerns ...
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Governor Bullock Proposes to Ban a Statewide General Sales Tax: "Our Montana Constitution needs to reflect our Montana values":


Governor Steve Bullock is proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit a statewide general sales tax and allow Montanans' voices to be heard at the ballot box. "Montanans have rejected time and ...


Governor Bullock Urges Legislature to Pass Fiscally Responsible Mail Ballot Bill:


Governor Steve Bullock this morning urged Montana legislators to pass Senate Bill 305 to allow the special election to fill the vacancy of Montana's lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives ...


Will Price of Next Frontier Capital testified to the Senate Tax Committee in support of HB 187 to increase the pool of risk capital available in Montana:


Yesterday, On behalf of Next Frontier Capital http://www.nextfrontiercapital.com/ I testified to the Senate Tax Committee in support of HB 187. Rep Jim Hamilton (D) of Bozeman is sponsoring the bill in ...


Bill to expand early education in Montana dies on party-line vote:


For the second legislative session in a row, Republicans have rejected one of Gov. Steve Bullock's top policy priorities: to expand early education in Montana. "Today Republican legislators again told ...


Please Take Action for Renewable Energy in Montana Today - Gov. Steve Bullock:


I am asking you to take action towards combating climate change and investing in Montana's renewable energy industry by contacting the Montana Legislature, today. I believe Montanans should determine ...


Two Senate Republicans seek to eliminate or privatize Montana State Fund:


The state's largest provider of workers compensation insurance would be eliminated or privatized under two bills soon to be introduced by prominent Senate Republicans. JAYME FRASER jayme.fraser@lee.net Full ...


Education official touts pre-K program Montana Legislature considering :


A top Alabama education official is helping Montana Gov. Steve Bullock promote his early childhood education proposal with stories of her state's successful program. Jeana Ross, secretary of the Alabama ...


Teachers, Parents, Kids and Legislators Rally in Support of Governor Bullock's Early Childhood Education Proposal:


Alabama Secretary of Early Childhood Education visits Montana to tout benefits of publicly funded preschool "We know this is a strong investment in our state's future," said Governor Bullock. "Now ...


Bill establishes voluntary preschool for low-income Montana children :


A bill entering the Montana House of Representatives Monday would create a voluntary preschool program for 4-year-olds from lower-income families. House Bill 563, or the Montana Preschool Grant Program, ...


46 of 56 Montana counties support mail ballot for special election:


Thursday was the deadline for county commissions across the state to decide if they would support a mail ballot for the upcoming special election to select Montana's sole congressman. By late afternoon, ...


Governor in Butte touts $12 million grant proposal for preschoolers:


A bunch of 4-year-olds decked out in flashy St. Patrick's Day green can't all be wrong. The Butte Head Start students were not shy in spoiling the plot line for Gov. Steve Bullock, who read aloud two ...


Rally For Montana's Future Superheroes!, 3/17, Helena, Montana :


I am pleased to invite you to the Rally for Montana's Future Superheroes! This Rally is in support of Representative Kathy Kelker's and my $12 million preschool grant program, House Bill 563 ...


Montana Senate president Scott Sales calls cyclists 'rude,' 'self-centered' before safety bill dies:


Sales said if cyclists want more safety, it's up to them. "They're some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I've seen. They won't move over. You can honk ...
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University of Montana reduces deficit by millions, faculty members say it isn't enough:


Budget cuts and increases in tuition remain hot topics for the University of Montana faculty and students. However, there is some good news. That once 23 million dollar budget deficit has been reduced ...


2017 Montana Legislature Week 10: Child abuse, bed tax, health care, landlords :


After uncertainty about how the upcoming special congressional election would change the makeup of the Montana Legislature, the nomination of Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte means it's ...


The 2017 Montana Legislature Has a New Homepage:


Many thanks to Montana Dept of Commerce Director Pam Cote for making us aware of this change. Be sure to update your bookmarks to follow all legislative developments as well as legislative contacts. ...


Montana Libertarians pick rancher Mark Wicks to run for US House :


Montana's Libertarian Party has picked Mark Wicks to be its candidate in the May 25 special election to fill the state's vacant congressional seat. The 46-year-old cattle rancher and writer from Inverness ...


Gov. Bullock calls current Montana budget 'unacceptable':


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state budget as it stands halfway through the 2017 Legislature is "unacceptable." Speaking Friday morning at the Board of Regents meeting in Helena, the Democratic ...


Montana special election could be good test of voter-turnout findings:


The confirmation of Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Department of the Interior has created an exceptional event in Montana: the need for a special election to determine his replacement in Congress. According ...


Guest opinion: What do Montana's mail-ballot opponents really fear?:


The fear mongering about the integrity of Montana's elections needs to stop. There have been no confirmed cases of voter fraud in Big Sky Country. County election administrators work with the Montana ...


State Representative Geraldine Custer, R-Montana, talks with Rachel Maddow about the advantages of a mail-in ballot:


MT mail-in ballot opposed for fear of Democratic turnout State Representative Geraldine Custer, R-Montana, talks with Rachel Maddow about the advantages of a mail-in ballot and her fight against ...


Montana Republicans select Greg Gianforte for House race:


"Montana has a choice. We can either put someone in our lone house seat to advance the Trump train or we can pick someone who will fight against Donald Trump." In a five-minute speech before the ...


Montana Board of Regents explain how the $23.3 million budget cut could cost students:


Our big story, is the slashing of state funding for the Montana University System and the very real impacts it could have. Right now the education committee is discussing a bill that would cut as much ...

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