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Montana Gov. Gianforte signed a bill raising contribution limits to state candidates. Senate Bill 224 raises the limit to $1,000 for candidates filed jointly for the office of governor and lieutenant governor; $700 for a candidate to be elected for […]

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Montana District Court Judge Michael Menahan said he will temporarily block the implementation of two sections of Senate Bill 319. The bill was amended late, with the amendment adding the two sections in question. One amendment revised how political committees […]

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Montana’s Supreme Court has held Senate Bill 140 is constitutional. SB 140 allows the governor to appoint judges directly, abolishing the judicial nomination commission.

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April 30, 2021  •  

Montana Legislature Adjourns

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The Montana Legislature adjourned sine die April 29 after passing the state budget and policies to regulate and tax marijuana sales. The Republican majority focused attention on numerous socially conservative causes including abortion, transgender rights, and bills decreasing the power […]

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Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill revising campaign finance reporting deadlines for municipal candidates and political committees. House Bill 71 amends the reporting dates for a political committee participating in odd-year municipal elections to the 30th of June, July, August, […]

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The House of Representatives introduced a bill eliminating the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices. House Bill 535 establishes a Campaign Practices and Ethics Review Board appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the […]

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte repealed two executive orders issued by former Gov. Steve Bullock. Executive Order 15-2018 required companies to report political spending if they wanted to bid on large state contracts. The order also required companies bidding for certain […]

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The threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist registration in Montana will increase. The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices received approval for this increase to take place. The threshold amount for 2021 is $2,650, effective January 1, 2021.

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A federal judge on Monday upheld an executive order by Gov. Steve Bullock requiring companies to report political spending if they want to bid on large state contracts. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled the Illinois Opportunity Project does not […]

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Gov. Steve Bullock announced Thursday Montana counties have the option to hold the November general election by mail. If counties decide to hold a mail-in ballot election, ballots will be sent on October 9. Return postage will be provided. Voters […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case challenging a Montana disclosure law. Specifically, the law requires disclosure of spending for political ads within 60 days of an election. In August 2019, the 9th U.S Circuit […]

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Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on Wednesday authorizing counties to conduct upcoming elections entirely by mail. The directive allows counties to decide whether to adopt a mail ballot for the June primary election. Montanans are still permitted to vote […]

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A lawsuit filed by the Illinois Opportunity Project over Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s executive order on dark money in elections has been dismissed. The Illinois-based conservative advocacy group filed the lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Helena objecting to Executive […]

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Following a weekend storm that put parts of Montana under record levels of snow, the Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan extended the deadlines for filing campaign finance reports for candidates and committees from Pondera, Teton, and the Blackfeet Nation. […]

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