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Sen. Mary Caferro, D-Helena. File photo.
Montana Legislature

Montana Democrats formally introduced their bill Thursday to continue Medicaid expansion in the state. However, it's unclear if it will win any support from the Republican majority.

In offering the so-called Keep Montana Healthy Act, Democrats say they will resist any significant changes to Medicaid expansion, which currently extends health coverage to around 95,000 low-income adults in the state.

Poster in MT Gov office outlining some of the $290 million dollars in infrastructure projects Bullock is proposing. That proposal received initial votes and amendments Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Gov. Steve Bullock’s plan for public works projects across the state advanced out of subcommittee review Thursday and the conservative majority is starting to pick it apart.

Republicans stripped out just over $17 million in proposed borrowing that Gov. Bullock’s bill laid out to pay for county and local government infrastructure projects.

Bill Would Give Landlords Option To Send Tenants To Collections

Feb 7, 2019
Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings. File photo.
Montana Legislature

HELENA — Landlords would be able to send their tenants to a collections agency for unpaid rent and other charges without a court ruling under a bill introduced to the Legislature.

Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings, is sponsoring Senate Bill 184, which amends the Residential Landlord Tenant Act. The changes would also allow landlords to charge their tenants fees if they break their lease agreement.