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Articles written by Senator Steve Hinebauch

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Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena. I hope everyone is enjoying spring. We have finished Legislative Day 77. There is still talk that we might finish before the allotted 90 days. Time will tell. One of the bills we passed out of Judiciary Committee and the Senate...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena. The big bill this week on the floor was HB 2, the budget. There are 5 parts to HB 2, so it took most of one day for the hearing and debate on the floor. We resisted several amendments, mostly by Democrats who wanted to raise...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena. We put in some extra-long days this week, with extra floor sessions. As we near the final weeks of the session we will probably see more of these as deadlines are approaching. HB 2, the budget, was heard in Senate Finance and...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena. We finished Legislative Day 60 on Saturday. SB 137, my Ag fuel bill, was signed by Governor Bullock on March 21. It will become effective on July 1, 2019. HB 2, the budget, will probably be heard in the Senate this week. This...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena. It was good to be home for a few days during transmittal break. We came back to Helena on the 10th and hit the ground running. Things will continue to get busier as we get closer to the end of the 90-day session. SB 137, a...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We finished week 7, another snowy week, and are looking forward to the transmittal break. All non-fiscal bills must be moved from one house to the other by March 1st. I heard some troubling news this week for Richland County an...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! There are some legislators and bureaucrats who think “We the People” can’t operate without the government telling us what to do. That was very evident in the hearings this week at the Capitol regarding Child and Family...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! It was an interesting week to have two carbon tax bills to deal with global warming. A couple mornings when I was walking to the Capitol, I was considering sponsoring a bill to make everyone own a SUV to warm things up a bit....

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We have finished 20 days of our 90-day session. The three committees I am on are real important committees, but they can be emotional at times. In Fish and Game, we heard a bill (SB70) to remove Headwaters State Park from the...

 

Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena. The bills are starting to pick up and make their way through the committees. So we are seeing more and more bills on the floor. A lot of the bills have been clean up bills and nothing very controversial. But there are some good...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, One thing that is disappointing to me is when candidates campaign one way and then vote the opposite once they are elected. In Eastern Montana candidates like to campaign like a conservative Republican because they can't get elected if...

 

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