Latest Montana State Legislature News

Montana Legislature looking at annual sessions

Nov. 8, 2019 12:25 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers plan to meet in January as part of a study on whether the Legislature should meet every year. Legislators will attend already scheduled interim committee meetings along with training sessions from Jan. 13-17 in Helena, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported Friday. The...

School district to pay $9M to trainer's sex assault victims

Nov. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana school district has reached a $9 million settlement after 32 men sued saying they were sexually abused by an athletic trainer under the guise of improving their athletic ability, the school and the plaintiffs announced Wednesday. The lawsuit filed in September 2018...

Vaping industry spends big in Montana

Oct. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The vaping industry spent more than $554,000 lobbying Montana lawmakers and donating to campaigns from 2016 to 2019. The Billings Gazette reports that Montana health officials earlier in October documented the state's first death from vaping and earlier reported at least two cases of...

Daines reports raising $1.2M for re-election campaign

Oct. 16, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Steve Daines reported bringing in $1.2 million from donors and political committees over the last three months as he seeks a second term as Montana's junior U.S. senator. Two Democrats competing for the chance to take Daines on in next year's general election each reported...

APNewsBreak: Records show Montana official's vehicle misuse

Oct. 12, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton put tens of thousands of miles on a state-owned pickup truck and used it extensively during weekends and holidays in addition to other travel that legislative auditors said violated state policy, an Associated Press review has found. A state...

Montana secretary of state aide files to run for boss's job

Oct. 8, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A top aide to Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has filed to run for her boss's job next year. Chief of Staff Christi Jacobsen, a Republican, filed her candidate registration on Friday with the state Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices. She lists Stapleton's...

2 more people enter Montana Senate race

Oct. 1, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two more people are entering the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate Seat held by Republican Steve Daines. Cora Neumann of Bozeman announced her candidacy Tuesday saying her priorities are access to quality health care, increasing wages, repealing the 2017 federal tax changes and...

Rock slide crushes Montana lawmaker's home in Billings

Sep. 23, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say it may take days to clear a rockslide in Billings that damaged a home and temporarily trapped a state lawmaker who lives there. The Billings Gazette reports the house at the base of the Rimrocks was crushed early Saturday and that a neighbor helped free Republican Rep....