Latest Steve Bullock News

Montana budget panel leaves out governor's preschool funding

Feb. 20, 2019 1:33 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The first draft of Montana's 2020-2021 state budget won't include the $22 million Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock requested to expand publicly funded preschool. The Billings Gazette reports a Republican-led budget subcommittee on education left out the governor's preschool funding when...

Panel: State should keep employee settlement records longer

Feb. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A legislative committee formed to investigate the number and cost of state employee settlements wants state agencies to keep such records for 20 years, up from the current five years. Democratic Rep. Brad Hamlett presented his bill Tuesday to the Joint Select Committee for Settlement...

Belles of the ball: Dem freshmen courted by 2020 hopefuls

Feb. 19, 2019 2:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren gave a nod to the first two Native Americans elected to Congress. Sen. Jeff Merkley got a moment on-camera with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And virtually all of the Democrats who would be president have reached out to freshman Rep. Joe Cunningham in early-voting South...

Montana lawmakers hear juvenile sentencing, parole bill

Feb. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill to incorporate into state law a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence most criminals under the age of 18 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Rep. Zach Brown, a Democrat, told the House...

Colorado Democratic Sen. Bennet set to visit Iowa this month

Feb. 14, 2019 5:09 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet plans to travel to Iowa this month to meet with Democratic activists in the early presidential caucus state as he considers entering his party's 2020 White House field, his aides said Thursday. The soft-spoken moderate plans to visit working-class...

Bullock plans 5th trip to Iowa in possible presidential bid

Feb. 13, 2019 6:50 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is traveling to Iowa this week, his fifth trip to the Hawkeye State since he began exploring a possible 2020 presidential run last year. At least 11 Democrats are running for president or have formed exploratory committees, but Bullock has repeatedly...

Study: Coverage would plummet with Montana Medicaid changes

Feb. 13, 2019 3:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people would lose their health care coverage and the state's administrative costs would increase if a proposal to change Montana's Medicaid expansion program becomes law, a study released Wednesday said. The draft of a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey...

Montana Senate approves requirements for abortion providers

Feb. 12, 2019 5:58 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate has approved a measure that would require providers to ask women seeking abortions if they want to view ultrasounds and listen to the fetuses' heartbeats. The bill designed to make women reconsider having abortions passed the Senate 31-19 on Tuesday. It now goes to...

Republicans propose raising the bar to pass some legislation

Feb. 11, 2019 6:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana lawmakers want to make it more difficult to transfer cash out of the state's fire suppression fund after $30 million went to shore up the state budget in 2017, just before Montana experienced its most expensive fire season ever. That bill and another measure to restrict...

Montana hospitals agree to help fund Medicaid expansion

Feb. 7, 2019 6:14 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana hospitals have agreed to pay a fee to help fund Medicaid expansion as the state's share of the cost of the health care coverage increases, an official with the Montana Hospital Association said Thursday. Bob Olsen, the senior vice president for the MHA, said Gov. Steve Bullock...