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October 4, 2022  •  

Montana Commissioner Steps Down

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Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices, Jeff Mangan, has announced his retirement, effective November 7. During his almost six-year tenure, Mangan was celebrated by Republicans and Democrats alike for his nonpartisan approach to the role. Before leaving office, Mangan is focusing […]

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled against Montana, holding the state’s laws regarding political committees are unconstitutionally vague. The court took umbrage with the state’s rule which governs whether political spending needs to be reported. […]

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Gov. Greg Gianforte and Republican lawmakers announced they are looking into holding a special session to redraw Montana’s Public Service Commission districts. Gianforte asserted he will only call a special session if it is limited to the solitary topic of […]

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February 7, 2022  •  

Judge Tosses Out Last Minute Amendments

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Montana District Court Judge Mike Menahan has issued a permanent injunction preventing the state from enforcing two provisions of Senate Bill 319. The two provisions in question were late additions to the bill, added during a conference committee a day […]

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A federal judge struck down Montana’s Clean Campaign Act, holding the law violates free speech and due process rights of political committees. The law requires political committees to give candidates notice when the committee sends out negative mailers within 10 […]

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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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