Latest Montana State Legislature 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...

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 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...

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...

Montana House advances competing bills on pot regulations

Apr. 07, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House on Tuesday advanced three competing Republican plans for regulating recreational marijuana sales after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure last year to legalize it. The ballot measure allows for marijuana sales to begin...

Former Montana Gov. Stan Stephens dies at 91

Apr. 05, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Stan Stephens, a radio journalist who became a leading Republican lawmaker, has died. He was 91. Stephens died Saturday in Kalispell after several months of ill health, according to former state Sen. John Brendan. ...

Montana lawmakers target media for being 'slander machines'

Apr. 01, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has become the latest state to consider a legislative measure that would prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. A bill passed Thursday by the Montana House Judiciary Committee titled the “Stop Guilt by...

Montana House backs bill on religious challenges to rules

Apr. 01, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House passed a bill Thursday that would allow people to challenge government regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs. The approval, on a 59-38 vote, came a day after lawmakers rejected an amendment that would have made...

Montana House kills bill on Native American voting rights

Apr. 01, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House has killed legislation aimed at making it easier for Native Americans living on reservations to vote. The bill would have required counties to maintain an alternate election office on reservations and negotiate days and operating...