Measure keeps legislative staff from publishing legal reviews that flag unconstitutional bills. Montana Free Press publishes the notes anyway.
While the proposed changes to the law contained in the House Bill 318 might seem simple — mundane, even — they stem from years of simmering conflict among Montana’s Republicans.
Retired Lee Newspapers capitol bureau chief Chuck Johnson discusses the current state of journalism, the “gross abuse” of the legislative process over the past few legislative sessions, and the untold news stories he hopes to read about in the coming months.
HELENA — A proposal by Montana Governor Steve Bullock calls for $440 million in infrastructure projects across the state, including rural water projects, dam upgrades, a state museum, and new university buildings. As the Legislature meets this winter and spring, one of lawmakers’ chief tasks is deciding how much of that request the governor — and Montana communities — will get.
Republican Rep. Eric Moore is leading a GOP effort to come up with a long-term solution to the state’s infrastructure funding problem. Can a new Republican plan to reshape the way the state funds infrastructure survive Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto pen?
Tourists, taxes, carbon emissions, and coal exports are among the five things on our radar this week at the Montana Legislature.
Lawmakers in the Senate advanced rules that limit public access to legal review notes on bills by barring their publication on the Legislature’s website. Montana Free Press will provide online public access to those legal notes right here on our website.
HELENA – There are plenty of infrastructure priorities jockeying for scarce state dollars as the Montana Legislature meets this winter, but, with housing costs a burden for many modest-income Montanans, advocates and some lawmakers want to spend state money boosting affordable housing projects. A trio of bills endorsed by a committee of legislators who studied housing and local government issues between the 2017 and 2019 legislative sessions — House Bill 16, Senate Bill 15, and Senate Bill 18 — are designed to make that happen.