Latest Montana state government News

Montana Senate endorses bill in effort to ban abortions

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Tuesday endorsed a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, an effort to ban abortions. The bill passed the House 66-33 on a party-line vote last month. Since it...

Governor bans use of vaccine passports in Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte issued Tuesday an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. The move by Gianforte comes as vaccine passports — documents used to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more...

Committee to consider change to bill targeting trans youth

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature may consider changes to a measure that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and college sports according to the gender with which they identify. The House on Monday rejected an amendment that would have...

Montana Legislature overrides governor's first veto

Apr. 12, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers have nearly unanimously overridden Gov. Greg Gianforte’s first veto of a bill both sides say involves the balance of power between the executive and legislative branch. Gianforte, a Republican, vetoed a bill last week that would...

Montana Supreme Court quashes subpoena of judicial emails

Apr. 12, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has temporarily quashed a legislative subpoena for the state court administrator's emails, which are believed to contain responses to a poll of District Court judges on legislation to give the governor more power in filling judicial vacancies...

Montana faith groups, advocates show LGBTQ support

Apr. 11, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Shortly after the deadly 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Courtney VonLindern, who is gay and non-binary, was walking through downtown Missoula in a state of dejection when they spotted a pride flag displayed in the window of the United...

New Wyoming law will allow people to take road kill to eat

Apr. 11, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Thousands of times a year, motorists inadvertently smash into Wyoming wildlife like mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope, littering highway right-of-ways with carcasses that sometimes include dozens or hundreds of pounds of fresh, lean, edible meat. ...

Montana House rejects bill calling media 'slander machines'

Apr. 07, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House narrowly rejected Wednesday a measure that sought to prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. The “Stop Guilt by Accusation Act” closely resembles bills introduced in at least four other...

6 justices to hear judicial nomination commission case

Apr. 07, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Six members of the Montana Supreme Court will consider a legal challenge to a new Montana law that would eliminate the state's judicial nomination commission and allow the governor to appoint judges to fill vacancies between elections, the court ruled Wednesday. ...