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Lawmakers link up over bipartisan sausage

Organizer calls event an exercise in ‘grassroots civility.’

The sight as a group of Montana lawmakers gathered at an event venue outside Clancy Saturday morning, a week into the 2023 session of the Montana Legislature, wasn’t necessarily pretty.

Lawmakers deadlock on political practices commissioner

After a nomination committee fails to reach consensus, the question of Jeff Mangan’s successor falls squarely to Gov. Gianforte.

A panel of four lawmakers failed to reach consensus last week on which of five applicants for commissioner of political practices to forward to Gov. Greg Gianforte. Now, all five automatically advance.

Committee probing judiciary adopts amended final report

The GOP-led committee approved the report on party lines after chair Sen. Greg Hertz stripped language accusing the chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court of lying.

The Republican-led select committee formed late last session to probe the state’s judiciary voted to adopt an amended version of its final report to the Legislature. The 4-2 party-line vote came after the chair of the Select Committee on Judicial Accountability and Transparency, Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, eliminated language in the report accusing Montana Supreme…

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HD 80 hopeful questions whether reservation votes should count

A legislative aide with aspirations of representing House District 80 in the 2023 Legislature questioned in public remarks Tuesday whether members of tribes living on reservations in Montana should be able to vote in state elections. “If the reservations want to say they are independent countries … but they want a lot of handouts, why…

Redistricting commission advances new legislative map

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission on has advanced a tentative new configuration of the state’s 100 House districts for consideration by the public. Presiding commissioner Maylinn Smith broke a tie in favor of the body’s two Democrats following a week of intense — and often private — negotiations.

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GOP House candidate paid vendors with bad checks and misreported debts

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found that a Republican candidate for House District 82 in Helena tried to pay vendors with bad checks and misreported accrued debts as expenditures, referring the matter to the Lewis and Clark County attorney for possible prosecution.

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