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 By Amy R Sisk    News    April 24, 2013

Legislators Refer Big Changes in Elections to Montana Voters

Come 2014, it’s up to voters to decide the fate of Montana’s primary election system and late voter registration date. The Montana House and Senate cleared two referendums last week that could change the state’s voting laws. The measures...

 By Amy R Sisk    News    April 3, 2013

Pay and Pension Fixes Advance; Medicaid Expansion Falters

It is crunch time at the Legislature, and lawmakers are trying to push through several major pieces of legislation to meet deadlines for sending them to the other chamber. On the eve of its Easter recess last week, the House last week passed a state...

 By Amy R Sisk    News    March 20, 2013

MT Legislative Roundup – Week 10

After four years of pay freezes, state employees are still waiting to hear whether they will receive an across-the-board 5 percent raise over each of the next two years. Roughly two dozen people supported House Bill 13 at a January hearing before the...

 By Amy R Sisk    News    March 13, 2013

Montana Legislative Roundup – Week 9

A panel of lawmakers is set to vote on the state’s budget this week after three days of public testimony on the best way to spend more than $9 billion over the next two years. “I think that we’ve made great progress,” Dan Villa, the...

 By Amy R Sisk    News    March 13, 2013

Session Watchers Predict Battles Over Tax Cuts, Schools, Medicaid

Although he’s no longer Speaker of the House, former Montana Republican legislator Mike Milburn pays close attention to what’s happening in the statehouse from his farm near Cascade. So far, he has noticed a lot of talk about fiscal...

 By Amy R Sisk    News    January 30, 2013

Bills for the Bakken: Proposals Abound to Address Infrastructure, Education Needs

Renee Rasmussen spread both arms wide in front of her to demonstrate the magnitude of the problems facing her eastern Montana school district as it endures a steady stream of new students, largely thanks to the oil boom. “It keeps me up at...


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