The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Shaylee Ragar
UM Community News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

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


January 16, 2019

Gov. Steve Bullock is pushing the economic gains of businesses through Medicaid expansion to promote the program. He presented a report from the Montana Department of Revenue and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry at a press conference on Jan. 8, 2019. Photo by Shaylee Ragar/UM Community News Service

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 expansion.

After newly-elected Senators and Representatives were sworn in, the House voted on a temporary rules bill, which ultimately hedged off a battle among legislators that had been escalating in weeks leading up to the session.

The House rules are contentious because they have potential to greatly affect the way big bills like Medicaid expansion or infrastructure move through the Legislature...

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