Bill sponsor pushes for veto override after Gianforte rejects popular marijuana tax bill
“It is of utmost importance that you protect the Legislature’s ability to review and evaluate the Executive’s veto action,” Mike Lang wrote in a letter asking the secretary of state to give lawmakers an opportunity to override Gov. Greg Gianforte’s veto of a popular marijuana tax bill.
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Electric City’s political pivot
Each time Democrat Jon Tester won his hard-fought U.S. Senate races in Montana, he celebrated the victory at election-night parties in Great Falls, the working-class city on the banks of the Missouri River. But as Tester goes for a fourth consecutive Senate win in 2024, the city that’s been his political backyard and a once-Democratic…
Recreational marijuana tax bill headed to Gov. Gianforte’s desk
After passing its final Senate vote 49-1, Senate Bill 442 will land on Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk. Montana lawmakers have supported the measure with broad margins, but how Gianforte will receive the marijuana tax-allocation bill remains to be seen.
Where to allocate weed tax revenues?
Two proposals with competing visions for the tens of millions in taxes that Montana collects annually on the sale of recreational marijuana are still making their way through the Legislature as lawmakers work to set a two-year state budget.
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Gianforte appoints Bonilla to Montana 9th Judicial District vacancy
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Tester announces 2024 reelection bid
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Lawmakers link up over bipartisan sausage
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