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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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The Billings City Council unanimously voted this week to repeal the city’s ethics ordinance and dismiss the Board of Ethics. In place of the Board of Ethics, the Yellowstone County Attorney will oversee the city’s ethics complaints. The city says […]

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Top Montana legislators canceled a meeting this week to nominate a new Commissioner of Political Practices when an agreement could not be reached. In a meeting held last week, members of the bipartisan House and Senate leadership committee, tasked at […]

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On Wednesday, Gov. Steve Bullock called a special election to take place on May 25 to fill Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives vacated by Ryan Zinke. Zinke was confirmed this week by the U.S. Senate as […]

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This week the Montana House of Representatives passed House Bill 340, a bill to dismantle the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices. The bill was transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday after passing a final vote in the House. […]

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A bill was filed this week seeking to eliminate the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices and split the duties between the attorney general and the secretary of state. Under House Bill 340, the secretary of state would be […]

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The Montana Supreme Court ruled Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathon Motl’s term has expired, but he must remain in office until a replacement is found. A lawsuit was filed in December 2016 claiming Motl, who was appointed to the position […]

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Republican legislators say that rulings made by Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl in 2017 could be challenged by those affected if the court does not have the authority to change his confirmation. Motl […]

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The Montana First Judicial District Court issued an order to let Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathon Motl stay in office until a case to extend his appointment is heard, reserving the ending date issue for determination by the Court. A […]

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On December 21, a lawsuit was filed to extend the appointment of the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices until June 2019. The lawsuit, brought by the secretary of state and state Senator Christine Kaufmann, among others, want Commissioner Jonathan Motl […]

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On December 16, the Commissioner of Political Practices’ proposed rule amendment increasing the threshold amount of payment triggering lobbyist and employer registration to $2,550 for 2017 and 2018 was adopted. The payment threshold is adjusted by an inflation factor determined by […]

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A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of Montana’s campaign finance disclosure law. The 2015 Disclose Act, aimed at combating an increase in dark money spending, faced a constitutional challenge asserting the law interfered with the free speech of groups […]

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Lawmakers in Montana rejected a request for a special legislative session to address the state’s campaign finance laws. Ten legislators called for a special session to address the law controlling contribution limits. In May, a U.S. District Court found Montana’s […]

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On May 25, U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell partially stayed his order from May 17 striking Montana’s contributions limits. On May 17, Lovell ruled the state’s current statutory campaign finance contribution limits were unconstitutionally low. The state determined the ruling […]

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