Category Archives: Legislature

Lawmakers amend proposed bill to keep protections for libraries and museums in “obscene” materials rule

The proposed bill that would change state law related to the availability of obscene materials to minors was updated to maintain the exceptions for public libraries and museums. House Bill 234, as amended, would remove the exception for public school staff to the public display or dissemination of obscene materials to minors. The bill passed out of the House judiciary

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Lawmakers consider change to marijuana rules, penalties

By Elinor Smith | UM Legislative News Service, UM School of Journalism HELENA — The House Business and Labor Committee is considering a series of bills that seek to clarify regulation of marijuana sales in Montana, addressing issues from medical versus recreational use to the smell of marijuana manufacturing.  The most extensive bill heard at a committee meeting Feb. 1 is sponsored

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Lawmakers consider change to “obscene” materials rule for libraries, museums, public schools

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove protections for librarians, museum staff and public school employees in relation to the availability of obscene materials to minors. House Bill 234 would remove the long-standing exception for libraries, museums and public school staff to the public display or dissemination of obscene materials to minors. Proponents of the bill argued that

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Lawmakers hear testimony on bills that would fund $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects

By Caven Wade | UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism In the last 11 years, the city of Havre has had 255 water main breaks. The city’s public works director, Dave Pederson, says 46 of those breaks happened in the last two years alone. “During main breaks, large sections of the city are without water for a long

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Lawmakers looking at options to address Montana’s healthcare worker shortage

By Keely Larson | KHN-UM Legislative News Service Jenna Eisenhart spent nearly six years as a licensed therapist in Colorado before deciding to move to a place with a greater need for her services. She researched rural states facing a shortage of behavioral health providers and accepted a job as a lead clinical primary therapist at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena,

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Governor’s property tax package seen by lawmakers

By Caven Wade | UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism HELENA – One week before Gov. Greg Gianforte was scheduled to give his State of the State address to the Montana Legislature, a panel of lawmakers tabled and then revived one of the flagship bills in his tax package, which would spend a quarter of the state’s nearly

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Gianforte appoints new commissioner of political practices

Gov. Greg Gianforte appointed Chris Gallus on Jan. 19 to serve as the next commissioner of political practices. Gallus’ appointment fills the vacancy after Jeff Mangan resigned, effective Dec. 30, 2022. Gallus is a Butte native and graduate of Carroll College and the University of Montana School of Law, according to a release from Gianforte’s office. Gallus has practiced law

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Legislature looking to improve election security

By Elinor Smith | UM Legislative News Service, UM School of Journalism HELENA – The House State Administration Committee heard testimony Jan. 16 on a bill that supporters say would improve the security of Montana’s elections. House Bill 173 would require the manufacturer of vote counting machines to certify they are free of any external communication devices as well as assign felony

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Lawmakers considering rent caps

By Elinor Smith | UM Legislative News Service, UM School of Journalism HELENA — Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would prohibit rent caps, or limits on how much landlords can charge for rent.  Senate Bill 105, sponsored by Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls, would make it illegal for local governments to interfere with rental prices on both private and

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City supporting campaign on local control

Mayor Bob Kelly told fellow commissioners during their Jan. 3 that he wanted the city to support an educational campaign on the importance of local government. Kelly said that the Montana League of Cities and Towns is creating an informational campaign about the importance of local control going into the new legislative session. He said the league is asking the

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