Members of the Montana House of Representatives on the during a floor session. Credit: JOHN ADAMS / Montana Free Press

HELENA — Montana lawmakers are heading home from the Capitol this week for their mid-session spring break, a milestone that represents the halfway point of the 90-day 2019 legislative session.

The break also represents one of the Legislature’s key deadlines: transmittal, the point when bills that don’t propose new spending are considered dead if they haven’t passed the chamber where they were introduced.

With that in mind, here are 12 key statistics to help you understand the 2019 session so far:


bills introduced as of March 1, according to the state LAWS database


have cleared their first legislative chamber


reached Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk or are heading there


bills already signed into law.


average number of bills sponsored by each legislator


bills sponsored by Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings — the most of any 2019 lawmaker


number of Webb’s bills that are “probably dead,” according to LAWS


bills sponsored by Sen. Bob Keenan, R-Bigfork, the only lawmaker without at least one proposal to his name

approximately 75

subcommittee hearings so far on House Bill 2, which sets most of the state budget. It’s set for debate before the full House Appropriations Committee next week

$4,309 million

or $4.3 billion, the total House Bill 2 General Fund spending included in the governor’s 2020-21 budget proposal

$33 million

amount of spending cut from the governor’s General Fund spending proposal in budget drafts approved by Republican-controlled appropriation subcommittees, according to the Legislative Fiscal Division

$177 million

amount of General Fund spending that could be added by spending bills that have cleared legislative committees, according to LFD

Eric came to journalism in a roundabout way after studying engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman (credit, or blame, for his career direction rests with the campus's student newspaper, the Exponent). He has worked as a professional journalist in Montana since 2013, with stints at the Great Falls Tribune, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and Solutions Journalism Network before joining the Montana Free Press newsroom in Helena full time in 2019.