2021 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Missoulians for a Dignified Encampment Facebook Group

Please join “Missoulians for a Dignified Encampment” if you’re also interested in collaborating with agencies, officials, and camp occupants to determine an alternative to the high-risk conditions at the Reserve St. encampment.

Startup, Nonprofit Team Up on Hybrid Public Meeting Software

A blog post last month on People Speak’s website announced the integrated platform is available to the broader public. Speaking for the city of Lakewood, Parker said hybrid-style remote meetings are the future for them and possibly every city in a matter of years.

What Public Access To The Montana Legislature Looks Like In 2021

The 2021 legislative session amid the COVID-19 pandemic is the first time the public can give testimony in bill hearings via video.

To Put Voters First Again, Amend the Constitution

It’s the only way to undo the damage the Supreme Court did when it overturned laws regulating the raising and spending of campaign money. It has bipartisan support, and states should lead the way.

Book Review: Grounded – “A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America” by Senator Jon Tester

Senator Tester’s memoir could become a helpful roadmap for coastal Democrats fighting for rural votes. The question is: will they pick it up and read it?

Billings City Council proposes legislative priorities for 2021

The Billings City Council is laying out its legislative priorities for 2021, and one of their focuses is on enhancing public safety and security.

Kalispell’s Scott Osterman Tabbed to Lead Commerce Department

Gov. Greg Gianforte on Jan. 11 announced his choice of Scott Osterman as head of the Montana Department of Commerce, citing the Kalispell business executive’s experience in high-tech manufacturing, including at the Flathead Valley’s Applied Materials, as key bona fides qualifying him for the top cabinet position.

MEDA 2021 Legislative Policy Statements and Priorities

As we begin the second week of Montana’s 67th Legislative Session,  please find links below to MEDA’s Policy Statement as well as MEDA Legislative Priorities.  These are living documents and will change as Montana’s economic needs change.

Montana business lobbies favor Covid-19 liability bill

“Covid-19 has been a minefield of uncertainty for businesses,” said Bridger Mahlum of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. “And we believe that Senate Bill 65 is a needed metal detector for (that) minefield.”

Missoula County, Montana continuing trend of marking Native American heritage

“We name things after what’s familiar to us, but that’s not good enough anymore.” Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier