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Ballots are being sent to Montana lawmakers to see if they would like to hold a special session this month to address concerns over ballot initiatives addressing mine regulations and tobacco taxes to extend the state’s Medicaid expansion program. Some […]

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Gov. Steve Bullock announced he will sign an executive order to further Montana’s goal of shedding light on dark money spending in elections. The executive order applies to new contracts for goods over $50,000 and new services contracts over $25,000 […]

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Montana’s campaign spending disclosure laws this week. The three-judge panel ruled the law is not unconstitutionally vague and requiring groups spending money on electioneering communications to report their donors is proper. The […]

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November 16, 2017  •  

Montata Special Session Adjourns

The Montana Legislature adjourned a special session on the state’s budget shortfall in the early hours on Thursday morning. Multiple bills were passed to close the $227 million gap including a bill requiring furloughs of state employees, changing the state liquor license […]

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On Tuesday voters elected Wilmot Collins as the new Mayor of Helena, unseating the incumbent mayor of 16 years. Collins, who came to Helena 23 years ago, is the first black mayor in the history of Montana. Helena has nonpartisan […]

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On Tuesday voters elected Wilmot Collins as the new Mayor of Helena, unseating the incumbent mayor of 16 years. Collins, who came to Helena 23 years ago, is the first black mayor in the history of Montana. Helena has nonpartisan […]

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November 7, 2017  •  

Montana Gov. Calls Special Session

Gov. Steve Bullock called the Legislature into a special session late Monday to address the state’s budget issues caused by an unforeseen drop in state revenue and costly wildfires. Gov. Bullock has been working with lawmakers for months to come […]

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This week the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana’s voter-approved political contribution limits effective immediately. The limits were ruled unconstitutional in 2016 by a federal district judge in Helena and replaced with contributions limits in place in mid-1990’s. […]

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October 9, 2017  •  

Montana Special Session Likely

Some lawmakers say the Legislature will need to meet in a special session in the coming months to battle Montana’s budget crisis made worse by the summer’s wildfires. Gov. Steve Bullock can cut budgets by up to 10 percent to […]

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This week, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock discussed calling a special session of the Legislature to address how to pay the costs of the summer’s wildfires. The Governor’s budget director recommended the state reduce spending by $229.3 million to balance a […]

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On Friday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill to increase the maximum allowable contributions from individuals and political action committees and place the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices under the jurisdiction of the state attorney general. Senate […]

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Jeff Mangan, a former Democratic State Legislator, took over Monday as Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices. Mangan, the fifth to hold the title in 7 years, was sworn into a six-year term taking over for former Commissioner Jonathon Motl. Commissioner […]

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The Montana Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session April 28, 2017.  House Bill 340, eliminating the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices, made it through the House but was tabled in the Senate and did not pass. Senate Bill […]

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On Wednesday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Jeff Mangan, a former Democratic state legislator, to a six-year term as the next Commissioner of Political Practices. Mangan will replace outgoing Commissioner Jonathon Motl whose tenure was riddled by allegations of disproportionately […]

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