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The Session

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The campaign rhetoric, struggles for political power and results of the 2020 election converge in the 67th meeting of the Montana Legislature. Join us Monday mornings for The Session -- a breakdown of the latest action we’re watching in the statehouse, produced by Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Free Press.

The Session Week 9: Transmittal Log Jam

Mar 1, 2021

As of midday Friday 1,128 bills had been introduced and Gov. Gianforte had signed 28 into law.

The Legislature faces a Wednesday, March 3 deadline for general policy bills from the House to make their way to the Senate, and vice versa. Bills that appropriate money can still be introduced.

This week, we’re watching bills ‘in the balance’ -- they need to get across to the other chamber to stay in play.

The Session Week 8: Taxes, Public Health And Labor Unions

Feb 22, 2021

As of midday Friday 918 bills had been introduced and Gov. Greg Gianforte had signed three bills into law. This week we’re watching legislation on tax policy, public health and labor unions.

As of mid-day Friday 731 bills have been introduced, and Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed 2 bills into law. This week, we’re watching bills about vaccines, Colstrip, and public assistance programs.

As of mid-day Friday, 594 bills had been introduced and Gov. Greg Gianforte had signed one bill into law. This week, we’re watching bills that would cut taxes, implement “right to work” policies and end same-day voter registration in Montana.

As of midday Jan. 29, 490 bills have been introduced, and there’s one bill on Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk. This week, we’re watching bills to make tribes pay more property taxes; make interim committees partisan; and expedite court hearings for child protective cases.

The Session Week 4: Affordable Housing, Voting, Teacher Pay

Jan 25, 2021

As of midday Jan. 22, 375 bills have been introduced, one bill has become law. This week, we’re watching policy that could impact housing, voting, teacher pay.

The Session Week 3: MMIP, COVID-19 and Capitol Safety

Jan 18, 2021

The Session Week 3: MMIP, COVID-19 and Capitol Safety

As of Jan. 15, 296 bills have been introduced and none have been signed into law. This week, we're watching how lawmakers are proposing to change the role of public health officials, how the state is addressing missing Indigenous persons, and how the riot in D.C. could have ripple effects in Montana.

The Session Week 2: Gender, Guns, COVID-19

Jan 11, 2021

As of midday Jan. 8, 234 bills have been introduced and none have yet been signed into law. We're expecting to see policy priorities introduced this week that will set the tone for the rest of the 90 day session. This week, we're watching a couple of different bills about gender, guns and COVID-19.