- Lawmakers worry as conservation program shrinks Updated: May-02-15 5:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - At the peak of the wheat bubble, Montana farmers looking for more land to seed were pulling roughly 200,000 acres a year from conservation.
- Governor vetoes 34 bills, all but 2 from Republicans Updated: Apr-30-15 5:15 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana's Democratic governor has vetoed more bills from this year's Republican-controlled Legislature than he had at this point after the 2013 session.
- Montana legislative session closes with successes and flops Updated: Apr-29-15 8:21 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana lawmakers went home this week having passed landmark legislation including a Republican route to expand Medicaid, a water use agreement for the Flathead Indian Reservation and a new law to disclose "dark money" in political campaigns.
- Legislature adjourns without passing infrastructure bill Updated: Apr-28-15 2:23 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana lawmakers adjourned the 64th Legislative session Tuesday, three days early and without passing a $150 million infrastructure bill that had been a sticking point for days.
- House votes to adjourn after it dumps bill; Senate says no Updated: Apr-27-15 7:50 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Senate refused to adjourn for the session Monday after lawmakers in the House voted down a $150 million infrastructure bill and moved to go home four days early.
- Senate confirms Motl as political practices commissioner Updated: Apr-24-15 8:46 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana senators confirmed Jonathan Motl as the state's commissioner of political practices on Friday.
- Montana Legislature passes two-year state budget deal Updated: Apr-24-15 7:20 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Legislature has approved a two-year state budget after a committee added some $78 million to House and Senate proposals. The measure will go next to Gov. Steve Bullock for consideration.
- Montana governor signs Flathead water compact Updated: Apr-24-15 6:56 pm
HELENA, Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday signed a bill containing the last and most contentious of seven tribal water compacts in Montana.
- Lawmakers pass increased death certificate costs Updated: Apr-23-15 5:28 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana lawmakers have green-lighted a plan to increase the cost of death certificates in order to continue funding funeral home inspections.
- Bullock signs campaign finance bill into law Updated: Apr-22-15 8:31 pm
HELENA, Montana - The governor signed a measure Wednesday that he says will make Montana elections the most transparent in the nation.
- Gov. Steve Bullock signs Montana anti-bullying bill into law Updated: Apr-21-15 6:30 pm
HELENA, Montana - It took more than 10 years, several proposals and countless stories from young people who have suffered, but on Tuesday, Montana joined every other state in the nation with an anti-bullying law.
- New Montana game tagging law doesn't salve hunters' anger Updated: Apr-19-15 1:41 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A new law enacted this year by the Montana Legislature clarifies when hunters must tag animals they successfully take in the state.
- Montana Senate OKs higher DUI fines Updated: Apr-18-15 3:29 pm
HELENA, Montana - Seven Democratic senators joined 20 Republicans on Saturday to approve a bill increasing DUI penalties on a 27-23 vote that reversed the Senate's on Friday.
- Montana House green-lights mental health group homes Updated: Apr-18-15 1:41 pm
HELENA, Montana - State representatives have green-lighted a proposal to fund four mental health group homes in Montana.
- House kills bill to defend Colstrip mine Updated: Apr-17-15 8:22 pm
HELENA, Montana - State representatives have turned away a bill to impose hefty fines on companies that close coal plants in Montana.
- House to reconsider closing Montana Developmental Center Updated: Apr-16-15 11:14 pm
HELENA, Montana - The House of Representatives will reconsider a bill to close the Montana Developmental Center after voting by a thin margin to defeat the measure on Thursday.
- Senate endorses bill to help halt human trafficking Updated: Apr-16-15 5:36 pm
HELENA, Montana - A bill aiming to halt human trafficking in Montana is one vote away from passing through the Legislature.
- House OKs 80 mph highway speed limits Updated: Apr-16-15 5:25 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana representatives have endorsed a proposal to increase interstate highway speed limits from 75 to 80 mph.
- Bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors headed to governor Updated: Apr-14-15 8:37 pm
HELENA, Montana - A bill that would ban minors in Montana from purchasing electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers is on its way to the governor's desk after the House passed the measure Tuesday.
- Montana Senate panel advances sex offender residency bill Updated: Apr-14-15 5:13 pm
HELENA, Montana - A plan to keep high-risk sex offenders from living near children advanced out of a Montana Senate panel Tuesday.
- House endorses bill aiming to keep wild hogs out of Montana Updated: Apr-14-15 4:53 pm
HELENA, Montana - The House has endorsed a measure that aims to keep wild pigs from invading Montana.
- Montana Legislature passes anti-bullying bill Updated: Apr-13-15 5:29 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Legislature has passed a bill to join every other state in outlawing bullying.
- House endorses abortion-related health insurance bill Updated: Apr-10-15 5:38 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana House endorsed a bill Friday that would require health insurance companies to offer coverage plans that do not include elective abortions.
- Legislature advances proposed Indian language programs Updated: Apr-10-15 5:12 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana lawmakers are advancing a proposal that would encourage schools to develop Indian language immersion programs.
- Bullock vetoes second income tax cut Updated: Apr-09-15 9:19 pm
HELENA, Montana - Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a second bill this session that would have lowered Montana's individual income taxes.