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Jonathan Windy Boy

Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy (D) HD-32.
Mike Albans

  

Montanans elected nine Native Americans to the state Legislature Tuesday. That’s the same as last session in 2017.

Contentious Budget Bill One Vote From Passage At Montana Legislature

Apr 20, 2017
Chair of the Legislative Finance Committee Rep. Nancy Ballance.
Mike Albans

The state’s main budget bill is one vote away from going to the governor’s desk. Majorities in both the House and Senate have now agreed on it and some of its companion spending bills.

For the first time in recent memory, the state's main budget bill won't go to a joint House-Senate conference committee to hammer out any more deals. 

Efforts To Prevent Suicide Advance In Legislature

Mar 7, 2017
Depressed teen.
File Photo (PD)

A package of bills aimed at addressing youth suicide in Montana is working its way through the legislature. One of those bills, House Bill 381, would allow school districts to create policies and procedures for suicide prevention and response specific to their communities.

Bill To Establish Charter Schools Passes Montana House

Feb 27, 2017
Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus

A bill that its sponsor says would provide additional educational opportunities by establishing a public charter schools act passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 55-44 on Monday.

Montana Lawmakers Work On Suicide Prevention Legislation

Jan 30, 2017
Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell testifies on a bill at the Montana Legislature.
Freddy Monares/UM Community

During his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said that he "cannot tolerate that Montana leads the nation in youth suicide."

"I am haunted by this statistic," Bullock said.

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