2023 Montana Legislature and Politics

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TONIGHT!!! – Maintaining Civility in an Age of Division: University of Montana Mansfield Dialogue December 1 – Online

Does civility still exist in politics? Join four retiring long-time Montana legislators who will discuss how civility has changed in their communities and in the state Capitol, as well as their ideas on how to foster civil discourse in the political arena.

In the war for control of Montana’s universities between the Legislature and the Board of Regents, a lawsuit over guns is the first battle

In May, the Board of Regents, Montana University System’s ruling authority, sued the state, alleging HB 102 was an unconstitutional breach of power and that the Legislature overstepped its bounds.

Gov. Gianforte visits Missoula for the end of Montana’s Apprenticeship Week

For calendar year 2021, Gianforte set a goal to create 10,000 jobs meeting that criteria. Within the first six months there were more than 5,000 jobs paying over $50,000 a year created in the state, he said.

Montana Office of Public Instruction releases statewide student assessment info. The results aren’t great

Less than half of Montana high school juniors and students in third through eighth grade met subject proficiency standards last school year, according to new statewide assessment results.

GOP “compromise” map #12 for new Montana congressional districts adopted – Panel approves map on 3-2 vote

“To me, with the right person there, you could have a competitive district,” she said. “I appreciate that a lot of people are not going to be happy with me, but that’s what I’m going to go forward with.”

Experts: Remote Work Should Be the Future of Government

Public-sector and industry leaders remarked on the future of work at the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, saying remote should be the default to improve efficiencies and aid in recruitment.

ARPA Economic Transformation, Stabilization and Workforce Development Advisory Commission Meeting – 10/27 – 9AM – Online

During the October 27 meeting, the Commission will review proposals presented by the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Agriculture. The Economic Transformation, Stabilization and Workforce Development Advisory Commission is responsible for reviewing proposals for funding using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The Missoula County Elections Office is hosting a series of Educational Tours over the next 2 weeks

This is a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how our elections actually operate and the safe guards that are built into the system to protect the integrity of the vote!

NASCIO Survey Finds Government Remote Work Here to Stay

Most state CIOs expect remote work to continue and for digital services to keep proliferating. That introduces a host of shifting priorities, including a renewed need for cybersecurity enhancements and identity tools.

Some possible new Congressional districts for Montana – and the politics to go with them

Joe Lamson, one of two Democratic members of the five-member commission that will decide the boundary by November, says a goal should be to create one “competitive” district – where a Democratic and Republican candidate each have a legitimate chance to win.