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Montana House Advances Medicaid Expansion

HELENA -- The Montana House of Representatives voted 61-37 Saturday to pass a controversial bill to extend Medicaid expansion. The expanded program has enrolled nearly 96,000 Montanans to receive...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 20, 2019

Montana Lawmakers Consider New Ways To Protect Against Aquatic Invasive Species

A prolific alien organism is closing in on Montana's ecosystem and could have dire consequences for food production, outdoor recreation and the economy if it crosses the state's borders. Aquatic...

 

Budget Hearings Kick Off Second Half of Session

The Montana House Appropriations Committee opened public testimony last week on House Bill 2, the bill that sets the budget for state agencies. Some of the most controversial changes come from the subcommittee that deals with the budget for the...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 6, 2019

Profile: Rep. Kimberly Dudik Brings Legislative 'Street Smarts' and Piles of Bills, on Topics From Child Protection to Taxes, to Montana House

On a Friday during the 66th Montana Legislature, Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-Missoula, joked on Twitter she might need to clone herself. But, in reality, it may have come in handy. That morning, Dudik had five bills scheduled for hearings in three...

 

Lawmakers debate fire suppression, local gun ordinances

The Montana House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would require a two-third vote majority for the Legislature to transfer funds out the state's fire suppression account. The governor would still hold the authority to pull from...

 

Bill Would Use Coal Money for Affordable Housing

The Montana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would use money from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low- and moderate-income housing projects. House Bill 16, carried by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, passed the House on a 71-2...

 

Montana Lawmakers Debate Infrastructure Funding, DUI's

Lawmakers in Helena are beginning discussions on how to build and maintain the state's infrastructure, including roads, bridges, wastewater systems and state buildings. Again, the debate will come down to which projects get funding and whether that...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 30, 2019

State Legislators push legislation to address Montana's mental health crisis

When Brandi King finished a 14-month deployment with the United States Army, she returned home to Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to heal. King carried with her the trauma she experienced during combat in Mosul, Iraq. She began to feel...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 16, 2019

House Rules, Medicaid and Public Lands Dominate First Week of Montana Legislature

The 66th Montana Legislature opened for business Jan. 7 and lawmakers spent much of the first week discussing what they hope to see for hot topic issues and bills, like public lands and Medicaid expan...

 

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