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Amanda Curtis

Bill Draws Widespread Opposition From Labor Unions

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A Montana lawmaker introduced a bill Friday that would require public employees to opt in to paying dues to labor unions every year. Union leaders are opposing the proposal.

The bill brought by Republican Rep. Bill Mercer of Billings follows a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2018 in which the justices ruled that public employees don’t have to pay dues to unions that collectively bargain on worker’s behalf.

Bill To Eliminate Overtime Pay For Some Seasonal Workers In Montana Advances

Apr 6, 2017
Rep. Amanda Curtis, D - Butte
Mike Albans

HELENA -- A bill that would get rid of overtime regulations for certain seasonal outdoor recreation workers needs just one more vote in the House to get to the governor’s desk.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss the Quist and Gianforte nominations, the proposed health and human services cuts, and their impacts, as well as the ongoing controversy over whether counties can use mail-ballots only in the May special election.

People from across Montana came to the state basketball tournamnet in Great Falls, we asked some for their thoughts on the upcoming election
Nicky Ouellet

As of today there are 76 days until the special election that will choose a replacement for former Montana Representative Ryan Zinke’s House seat. It will be a quick campaign for Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist, one that political junkies say will rely heavily on name recognition.

To get a sense of what Montanans from across the state are thinking about the election, I went to the State Class Double-A basketball tournament in Great Falls.

Dan West speaks at the MT Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House Seat.
Corin Cates-Carney

While Rob Quist was selected as the Democratic Party’s nominee to run for Montana’s open U.S. house seat on Sunday, there were seven other candidates who lost. Nate Hegyi has this profile of the youngest candidate in the race.

Rob Quist speaks at the Democratic Party's nominating convention in Helena.
Corin Cates Carney

Montana Democrats picked songwriter and musician Rob Quist as their candidate for the special election in May that will determine who will represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Who better than a musician for a campaign like this?" Quist asked rhetorically after securing the nomination.

The "Capitol Talk" crew reviews the first half of the legislative session and previews the budget and infrastructure debates still to come. They also look at the front-runners for each party's nomination to fill the state's vacant U.S. House Seat, and speculate about Tim Fox's political ambitions. Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin for "Capitol Talk."

U.S. Capitol
flickr user Tim Evanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

Over a dozen Montanans have now put their names forward as possible replacements for Ryan Zinke's seat in the U.S. House. Here's a list of candidates in the running:

Now that May 25 has been set as the date for Montana's special election to fill the seat Ryan Zinke vacated in the U.S. House of Representatives, the next step is picking candidates.

On this episode of "Capitol Talk": The Legislature debates a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law; should teachers carry guns in schools; proposed university cuts and how they could raise tuition; the delay in Zinke's confirmation hearing; and a new poll shows Rob Quist and Amanda Curtis are the front-runners on the Democratic side to replace Zinke in Congress.

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