2023 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Think tank policy and the 67th Montana Legislature

Republican legislators this session tackled voting rights, transgender restrictions, emergency powers and free speech — issues that groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity have pushed nationwide with model policies. Many are now law in Montana and dozens of other states.

Montana senator hopes Wyoming nuclear deal sparks interest in idea – Group aims to overturn nuclear power plant bill

Sen. Terry Gauthier, R-Helena, said the move by Wyoming officials could be of great benefit for his Senate Resolution 3, saying he hoped it would motivate Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte to advocate for the idea.

ARPA Communications Advisory Commission to hold inaugural meeting June 8 – 10:30 – Helena and Virtually

During the June 8 meeting, the commission will appoint a chair and vice chair, review roles and responsibilities of the commission, and set future meeting dates.

Montana’s Gianforte administration preps to distribute more than $1.6B in federal Covid-relief funds

Money for infrastructure, health care, workforce

Montana Department of Commerce – Broadband – Connect MT and Communications Advisory Commission

The Communications Commission’s first meeting must be held by June 11th as required by law and future meetings will be noticed on this website. Commission members are anticipated to be announced before the first meeting.

MEDA June Newsletter and countdown to the Summer Conference

Thus far, over eighty people have registered to join us in Helena, June 28th(social) and 29th–30thto identify priorities and build strategies based on the Montana Next Generation of Community and Economic Development Tools study. It is imperative that your voice is at the decision-making table. Please join us!

Housing Missoula: City, county, industry leaders seek solutions to constrained market

In the wake of the 2021 housing report released this week by the Missoula Organization of Realtors, city and county officials described the findings as a difficult realty and said maintaining the status quo may no longer be acceptable.

As Montana’s Flathead Valley Grows, Housing and Childcare Form Roadblocks for Families

Advocates say state funding critical to addressing childcare shortage, lack of affordability

Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission to Meet on June 10 – 1PM MST – State Capitol and Zoom

Written public comments provided by email or regular mail in advance of the meeting are accepted and encouraged.

It’s Imperative: Three States’ Efforts on Broadband for All

Technology leaders in California, Colorado and Minnesota convened at NASCIO to offer best practices on bridging connectivity and digital literacy gaps in their states.