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Capitol Talk: Tax Cuts, Pay Raises And A Republican Reversal

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gianforte's State of the State address was a mixture of Republican canon and bipartisan proposals. Lawmakers disagree whether an immigration bill has racist intent. A handful of Republicans change their minds about a bill to limit gender-affirming health care for transgender youth. And hefty raises for executive branch department heads raise some eyebrows.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Montana Republicans are adding another bill to the slew they’re bringing this legislative session to restrict access to abortion in the state.

House Bill 229 would bar plans offered through the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange from covering abortion, except in the event of a medical emergency. It was heard and endorsed by the House Judiciary Committee Friday on a party-line vote. 

Montana Capitol bulding in Helena, MT.
Shaylee Rager / UM Legislative News Service

Montana Republicans in the state House of Representatives have advanced four bills that would make accessing abortion more difficult.

Capitol Talk: Abortion, Transgender Rights And Open Meeting Laws

Jan 22, 2021

This week on Capitol Talk, restrictions on abortion and trans rights dominate the House Judiciary Committee while that same committee's Republicans bar reporters from a meeting. All that as old fissures reappear in the Republican caucus.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

State Capitol, Helena
Jacob Baynham / Community News Service, UM School of Journalism

Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee have advanced a slew of bills that aim to restrict or modify abortion access, and to ban transgender athletes from participating in sports consistent with their identity.

Rep. Matt Regier (R) - HD4
Montna Legislature

Montana lawmakers heard two more bills on Wednesday that were aimed at changing how the state regulates abortion.

Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, introduces House Bill 136 to the Montana House Judiciary Committee Jan. 19, 2021. The bill is the first in a slate of bills seeking to add restrictions on abortion access.
Austin Amestoy / UM Legislative News Service

On Tuesday, Montana lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee heard the first two bills to be introduced this session aimed at restricting access to abortion.

Republican Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway is carrying House Bill 136, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks of gestation or later. Republican Rep. Sharon Greef is carrying House Bill 171 which would place new restrictions on medication abortions as well as add new requirements for the providers performing them.

Montana State Senate
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana Republicans' dominance on election day included winning a stronger conservative majority in the statehouse for the 2021 legislative session. Republicans appear to have flipped several seats in Montana’s House of Representatives, and at least one seat in the state Senate, making the Republican majority in both chambers ironclad.

Shared State Episode 03: Grateful To God

Sep 15, 2020

Delegates included a nod to religion when they wrote Montana’s constitutional preamble. Decades later, ideas about God, faith and morality continue to influence how lawmakers approach policy issues. Specifically: access to abortion and civil rights for LGBTQ people.

Updated: Sept. 18, 10:26 a.m. ET

The U.S. abortion rate is continuing a long-term downward trend, according to new data released by the Guttmacher Institute on Wednesday.