Saturday, February 04, 2023

Montana State News

Need more information regarding today's state news? Here, we'll keep you up to date on everything happening in the great state of Montana. Browse our latest articles below.

Updated 8 hours, 25 minutes ago

Lawmakers seek more information about governor’s HEART fund

A fund championed by Gov. Greg Gianforte to fill gaps in Montana’s substance use and behavioral health treatment...

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Sprunger seeks tax credit for adoptive families

Legislation that would create an adoption tax credit for Montana residents passed unanimously through the House Taxation Committee on Thursday.

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
How to spend a $2.5 billion surplus? Lawmakers have no shortage of ideas.

As lawmakers negotiate Montana’s next state budget this winter, the Republican-controlled Capitol has a once-in-a-generation windfall to spend — the state’s $2.5 billion surplus.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Sen. Cuffe seeks to combine conservation commissions

A bill that would create a Western Montana Conservation Commission — repealing the Flathead Basin Commission and the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission —...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Legislation aims to shore up rural VA staffing

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, last week introduced legislation intended to bolster recruitment and retention of clinicians, particularly those in rural ar...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Gov. Gianforte wants tax rebates, cuts with budget surplus

HELENA — Gov. Greg Gianforte reiterated his administration's priorities to improve Montana's economy in his State of the State address delivered Wednesday to...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Bill allowing for death certificates for miscarriages passes committee after tweaks

Legislation allowing families to request a death certificate for miscarriages met with approval in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday after a week of di...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
New abortion rules will be challenged in court, opponents warn

As the State of Montana considers changing rules to make getting an abortion using Medicaid more difficult and restrictive, a group of health care providers sent a letter via their attorneys warning the state and...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Senators petition Biden administration to examine housing challenges for wildland firefighters

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines last week called on the Biden administration to address housing challenges for wildland firefighters.

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Legislative curtain opens on Gianforte’s ‘red-tape relief’ push

A trio of bills that constitute the most prominent thrust of Gov. Greg Gianforte’s sprawling red-tape relief push drew praise and pushback in their initial hearings before a legislative committee this week.

Updated 2 weeks ago
Rosendale on hand to christen Montana Freedom Caucus

Helena — U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, fresh from a bitter intra-GOP battle for the House speakership, swung through the state Capitol on Thursday to officially ...

Updated 2 weeks ago
Opponents say bill to change Montana obscenity law could have ‘debilitating’ effects

Sponsored by Rep. Bob Phalen, R-Lindsay, the measure would open public library, museum and public school employees to criminal charges, potential fines up to $500 and six months of jail time under Montana’s obsce...

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Montana to pause rental assistance program, citing backlog and diminished funding

A key COVID-era relief program to assist renters may be approaching its expiration date in Montana.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Bill to revise forestland taxation advances in the Senate

A bill to revise forestland taxation laws passed through the Senate Taxation Committee last week with a unanimous vote and was referred to the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Senate passes Chief Earl Old Person Highway designation, moves on to House

Sen. Susan Webber’s bill that would designate a portion of U.S. Highway 89 to the late Chief Earl Old Person passed the Senate on third reading Tuesday.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Feds send $930 million to curb 'crisis' of US West wildfires

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from nationa...