Latest Montana state government News

Over $4 million to be invested in reducing crime in Billings

Nov. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana, Yellowstone County and Billings are investing more than $4 million over the next three years to fight and prosecute crimes in the Billings area, the governor's office announced. The state is using $2.3 million in pandemic...

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...

As crime rates rise, Montana city blames arriving convicts

Nov. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — It was just about sunset on an autumn night in downtown Billings, and the staff of Jake’s restaurant was handling the dinner rush as 6 p.m. approached. The restaurant’s manager heard a disturbance near the bar and went to investigate. There he found the man he had...

Montana's unemployment rate down to 3.1%; 525,000 working

Nov. 19, 2021 14:58 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A record number of Montana residents are working and the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached a 14-year low in October, the governor's office said Friday. Total employment in Montana grew by nearly 2,400 jobs last month to 525,220,...

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. ...

Montanans should expect higher heating costs this winter

Nov. 17, 2021 15:35 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana residents should expect to shell out more money to heat their homes this winter due to an increase in energy costs, the Montana Public Service Commission said Wednesday, but there's also additional aid this year for low-income residents. ...

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...

Man's assault charge reduced to disturbing the peace, fine

Nov. 11, 2021 14:10 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Attorney General's Office has reached a plea agreement with a Helena man who was charged with felony assault and carrying a concealed weapon, reducing the charges to disturbing the peace and setting a $50 fine. Rodney Robert Smith, 45,...

Tribes, groups sue to force Montana to enforce mining law

Nov. 10, 2021 20:10 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana tribes and conservation groups sued state environmental regulators Wednesday after Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. The lawsuit was filed in...

Dems disappointed with final Montana congressional districts

Nov. 09, 2021 17:17 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A new map dividing Montana into two congressional districts for the first time in decades was finalized Tuesday, triggering disappointment from Democrats who hoped to craft a different western district that would give them a better chance of winning in an increasingly...