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Governor's Medicaid Expansion Bill Killed On Party Line Vote

The Montana Capitol
William Marcus
Montana Public Radio

Governor Bullock's Medicaid expansion plan was killed in the House Human Services Committee after almost seven hours of hearings and testimony Friday night. House Bill 249 was given an adverse committee report, or do-not-pass recommendation on a 10 to 7 party line vote.

The hearing for House Bill 249 was overflowing with people who came to testify on the bill. Proponents spoke for three hours before the committee moved on to opposition testimony.

If supporters can muster 60 votes, the bill can be brought to the full House for consideration. That would require all 41 House Democrats, and 19 House Republicans to vote for the motion.

We'll have more news on the hearings next week.

Find more Montana Legislature news here.

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