Latest Montana State Legislature News

Democrat John Mues enters Montana US Senate race

Jul. 11, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Political newcomer John Mues has become the second Democrat to enter the race to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. The engineer and Navy veteran said Thursday he decided to run because of Daines' legislative record, including votes to repeal the Affordable Care...

2 more candidates join crowded Montana US House race

Jul. 10, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two more candidates have filed to run for Montana's open U.S. House seat. The addition of Democrat Matt Rains of Simms and Republican Timothy Alan Johnson of Corvallis brings the total number of candidates to seven. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, is running for...

Montana veterans home groundbreaking held after long effort

Jul. 2, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A groundbreaking has been held for a veterans home that was proposed 26 years ago. The Montana Standard reports the ceremony Tuesday opened work on the planned Southwest Montana Veterans Home in Butte. Officials say the $20 million home for 60 veterans could be completed by the fall of...

Insurers propose reduced premiums for individual policies

Jun. 27, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The three Montana companies that offer health insurance policies on the individual marketplace are proposing reduced rates in 2020, in part because of a bill passed by the Legislature to help spread the risk of high-cost claims, State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale...

County Republican leader enters Montana US House race

Jun. 25, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A third Republican has filed to run for Montana's U.S. House seat left open by Rep. Greg Gianforte's decision to run governor. Lewis and Clark County Republican chairman Joe Dooling filed his paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission. He joins State Auditor Matt Rosendale...

Republicans criticize Montana governor for flying pride flag

Jun. 24, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Republican legislative leaders are criticizing Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for flying the gay pride rainbow flag instead of the state flag over the weekend. House Speaker Greg Hertz and Senate President Scott Sales accused Bullock Monday of disrespecting the state flag that...

Montana legislators fail to override governor's 8 vetoes

Jun. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers were unable to override Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's vetoes of eight bills that had passed with more than a two-thirds majority. The secretary of state's office released results of a mail-in vote on the final three bills Tuesday. It's been 20 years since a...

Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale announces US House run

Jun. 17, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republicans' 2020 election lineup shuffled again Monday after U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte decided to run for governor instead of re-election, with State Auditor Matt Rosendale jumping into the now-open House race seven months after failing to unseat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester....

Lawmakers fail to override 4 vetoes by Gov. Steve Bullock

Jun. 14, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers did not have enough support to override four vetoes by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, including a strongly supported bill that sought to give health insurers the ability to regulate pharmacy benefit managers. Poll results released Friday showed lawmakers also did not...

Veto override effort stalls for Montana sports betting bill

Jun. 11, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers have failed to override a Gov. Steve Bullock veto of a bill that would have allowed private companies to run sports betting operations after the governor favored a separate measure using the state lottery. Results of the veto override poll of 150 state legislators...