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 Dietrich is a journalist and data designer and the founder of the Long Streets economic reporting project. His reporting focuses broadly on Montana’s governance and economic opportunity, with particular focus on the state budget and tax policy. He also contributes data reporting across the MTFP newsroom. Before joining the MTFP staff in 2019, he worked for the Great Falls Tribune, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and Solutions Journalism Network and also earned an engineering degree from Montana State University. Contact Eric at, 406-465-3386 ext. 2, and follow him on Twitter.