What we’re looking forward to in week 15 of the Montana Legislature: parental rights and competing tax bills for adult-use marijuana.
MTFP’s roundup of the week’s key action in the 67th Montana Legislature, from the state budget to tax policy and energy bills.
Montana’s Senate voted unanimously Friday to override the first veto issued by Gov. Greg Gianforte, defending a bill that would make it easier for the Legislature to repeal administrative rules issued by state agencies.
A pair of legislative proposals would rewrite how the state funds educational opportunities for students. Supporters say they want to give Montanans more choices, while opponents argue the changes threaten to steer public dollars to private religious institutions.
The U.S. Department of Education has denied Montana’s request to cancel standardized testing for public school students this year.
Senate Bill 379, which has been referred to as a “wish list for NorthWestern Energy,” passed a critical vote this week with near-unanimous GOP support.
A trio of bills to regulate recreational marijuana could be heading to the Senate this week after a series of votes by House lawmakers on Tuesday.
House Bill 588 would expand the number of political appointment jobs in state government. Opponents worry about politicizing bureaucracy.