Latest Montana State Legislature News

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. ...

Democrats oppose changes to Medicaid expansion eligibility

Aug. 11, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Montana said they are opposed to a plan to end 12-month continuous eligibility for people who qualify for Medicaid expansion or another program that provides health coverage for those with a disabling mental illness. The...

Jack Ballard announces run for Montana's US House seat

Aug. 03, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrat Jack Ballard announced Tuesday a run for the U.S. House, in the hopes of unseating Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale. Ballard, 58, is a writer who resides in Red Lodge and covers hunting, fishing, wildlife and conservation. ...

Montana senator pleads guilty to obstructing officer

Aug. 02, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state senator in Montana pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer after a late-night traffic stop in May during which he threatened to call the attorney general and argued he couldn’t be arrested because he was on his way to...

Montana senator charged with speeding, obstructing officer

Jul. 20, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state Senate leader stopped by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper on suspicion of speeding had threatened to call the attorney general and argued he couldn’t be arrested because he was a lawmaker on his way to legislative business. Republican Sen....

Montana justices say lawmakers overstepped in seeking emails

Jul. 14, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legislative leaders overstepped their authority in issuing a subpoena for months of emails belonging to the court's administrator, saying the request was not related to a valid legislative interest. The...

Cora Neumann joins race for Montana's new US House seat

Jul. 13, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Cora Neumann announced Tuesday a run for Montana's new U.S. House seat, becoming the third Democrat to join the race. Neumann, a public health expert who resides in Bozeman, told the Montana State News Bureau this week she would fight for good jobs...

Montana commission torn over criteria for voting districts

Jul. 09, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission tasked with drawing Montana’s legislative districts got caught up Friday in heated hours-long debate over what criteria to use to divide the state into two U.S. House districts. The commission is made up of two Republican appointees...

Second Democrat joins race for Montana's new U.S. House seat

Jul. 07, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Monica Tranel became the second Democrat to announce her candidacy for Montana's second U.S. House seat, touting her rural roots, success as an Olympian and experience as a lawyer. Tranel, who lives in Missoula, joined the race Wednesday, following...