Latest Montana State Legislature News

Judge blocks law that would allow more guns on campuses

Dec. 01, 2021 17:22 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing legislation that would allow more people to carry guns on public college campuses, a state judge has ruled. District Court Judge Michael McMahon on Tuesday granted the state Board of Regents'...

US House candidate Zinke files financial disclosure report

Nov. 30, 2021 19:15 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke filed a financial disclosure that reports he has received nearly $800,000 in consulting fees so far this year and collected between $25,000 and $80,000 in rent from three properties in Whitefish. ...

Query of hospital threats finds voicemail by former senator

Nov. 23, 2021 16:57 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into a complaint that public officials tried to intimidate employees of Montana hospital into treating a COVID-19 patient with unapproved medication uncovered a voicemail left by a former state senator in which she said she didn't think “senators...

Bishop leaves race for Montana's western U.S. House seat

Nov. 17, 2021 18:31 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic State Rep. Laurie Bishop bowed out of the race for Montana’s new U.S. House seat on Thursday, a week after the congressional district boundaries were finalized, leaving her hometown of Livingston outside of the district in which she was running. ...

Appeals court: Montana ballot access law unconstitutional

Nov. 12, 2021 18:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Part of a Montana election law that states how many signatures minor parties must gather for their candidates to appear on ballots is unconstitutional, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The Montana Green Party in 2018 challenged the...

Field grows in race for Montana's new U.S. House seat

Nov. 03, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Another Democrat has joined the race for Montana's new U.S. House seat, expanding an already large field before maps to define the boundaries of the congressional seats are finalized. Former state lawmaker Tom Winter is the newest entry and joined...

Montana Republican lawmakers want election security review

Oct. 01, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Most of Montana's Republican lawmakers are urging their leadership to appoint a special committee to investigate the security of the state's voting system. The effort is led by GOP legislators who are pushing false theories of widespread voter fraud...

US: Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting

Sep. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initial...

Medicine Lodge ceramics point to early Crow inhabitants

Sep. 12, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Artifacts found this summer at Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site are slated for radiocarbon dating, which could tell researchers more about when the Crow, or Apsáalooke, people came to the area, according to the Wyoming State Archaeologist. ...