Montana Lawmakers Reject Special Session - State and Federal Communications

July 16, 2018  •  

Montana Lawmakers Reject Special Session

Montana legislative leaders failed to persuade a majority of lawmakers to hold a special session this week to address two ballot initiatives.

Some lawmakers expressed concern with the initiatives, which address mine cleanup plans and raising the state’s tobacco tax to extend Montana’s Medicaid expansion program beyond 2019, and they want to offer voters alternatives.

76 votes were needed in order to hold the special session, but only 45 lawmakers voted in favor, while 71 opposed the proposed session.

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