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Geraldine Custer

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.

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

What’s known as the mail-in ballot bill, to give counties the option of running the upcoming special election without physical polling places, is now dead after a vote today in the state House of Representatives.

Supporters of Senate Bill 305 tried to blast the legislation onto the House floor after it failed to move out of committee earlier this week.

Gov. Bullock Signs 12 Bills Into Law, Including Caregiver Act

Mar 31, 2017
Rep. Casey Knudsen, R-Malta, left, looks on Friday as Gov. Steve Bullock signs a bill he carried that would define electric fences. This was Knudsen’s first bill signed into law, and one of 12 the governor signed this week.
Freddy Monares

Gov. Steve Bullock signed 12 bills into law this week passed by the Legislature, including one that would establish a program called the Caregiver Act, which lays out how hospitals communicate with people caring for patients.

The Montana Capitol
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A mail-in ballot bill that could impact how Montanan's select their next congressman, is likely dead after a party line vote Wednesday morning.

Democrats forced a vote on the bill in a House committee hearing, a move that blindsided some Republicans, who criticize the minority party’s tactics.

Nathan Kosted

Governor Steve Bullock’s Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing at the state legislature Friday, and that has groups for and against it trying to rally support.

The Koch brothers-funded group Americans For Prosperity, or AFP, unveiled new broadcast ads targeting Montana Republican representatives.

LR-126 Asks Montanans To End Election Day Registration

Oct 13, 2014

Voters face only two ballot issues this election, and the one getting the most attention is about voting itself.

Since 2006, Montanans have been able to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots. That would end if voters approve Legislature Referendum 126 on Nov. 4.

A “yes” vote would repeal same-day voter registration. If that happens, citizens who don’t register by 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election won’t be able to vote.

A “no” vote would keep the system as it is.