Gov. Bullock vetoed three bills late last week, including one that would have exempted more Social Security income from state taxation.
The Montana House Thursday breathed new life into the bill to authorize and help finance a new, $48 million Montana Historical Society Museum in Helena.
State lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to two major proposals — the continuation of Medicaid expansion and the first state construction bonding bill in several sessions — as they neared the finish line of the 2019 Montana Legislature.
More reform is coming to how law enforcement and health professionals handle sexual assaults and specifically rape kits in Montana.
The bill named after Hannah Harris, who was found murdered on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in 2013, passed the Senate earlier this week on a 37-13 vote.
The bill that spends $165 million in state money over the next two years to build and maintain state-owned buildings passed its final vote in the House on Wednesday.
A one-sentence bill that morphed into a nine-page, $38 million legislative behemoth is a key element of the 2019 Montana Legislature’s final budget dance.
The Montana House has voted down a bill aimed at encouraging NorthWestern Energy to buy a larger interest in the Colstrip 4 power plant — just a day after it passed a preliminary vote.
HB 658 will now go back to the House. If the House votes to approve the Senate’s amendments, the bill will go to Bullock for his signature.
The anti-DUI measure that sparked a political furor Saturday, when it was revived by cramming it into another bill, is now dead, after the bill’s sponsor decided to pull the measure from the Senate floor.
The Senate voted 26-24 to endorse House Bill 658, several hours after an identical vote on the Senate floor broke a four-day deadlock that had stalled the measure since last Thursday.
On Monday, House members voted 68-32 in favor of Senate Bill 265, sponsored by Sen. Tom Jacobson, a Democrat from Great Falls.
SB 331 needs another House vote before it can return to the Senate.
The bill to continue Medicaid expansion in Montana passed in the state Senate Monday, 26 to 24, in a preliminary vote.
A Senate committee advanced two house bills last week that would make wolf hunting licenses cheaper.