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Gianforte Vetoes Bill Establishing Electric Vehicle Fees

May 21, 2021

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte Thursday vetoed a bill to establish additional state fees for electric vehicles. He says the policy would be bad for business.

Montana produce sits on a table at the Reimagining School Lunch test kitchen on March 28th, 2021. The recipe testers use local ingredients like these to test recipes for potential school lunch meals.
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Montana lawmakers voted Thursday to give 14,000 women, children and infants receiving public food assistance a boost in benefits this summer. The money is meant to help them buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

State budgets.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed off on the $12 billion state budget passed by lawmakers to guide spending over the next two years.

Four newly established advisory commissions will make recommendations to Montana’s governor on how to spend more than $1.5 billion of federal pandemic relief funds.

The governor’s office Wednesday announced the commissions, made up of state lawmakers and appointees from the executive branch. They will focus on proposals to fund infrastructure, communications, economic stabilization and health projects and programs.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has formed an advisory council to help fill a district court judge vacancy in Cascade County. This is the executive’s first opportunity to fill a vacancy directly under a law currently being challenged in court.

The council will help identify and review candidates to fill the Eighth Judicial District seat, which has been vacant since the GOP-led Montana Senate rejected former Gov. Steve Bullock’s appointee last month.

The council includes attorneys, a former judge and local community leaders.


Montana higher education officials are legally challenging the constitutionality of a new law allowing concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.

Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed into law the policy outlining how recreational marijuana will be regulated and taxed in the state.

Montana's higher education officials will consider whether to ask for a constitutional review of a new gun law Wednesday.

Montana’s governor vetoed an expansion to food assistance, saying it’s too expensive. 

The Republican-sponsored legislation aiming to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income Montanans received bipartisan support in both the House and Senate before meeting Gov. Greg Gianforte’s veto pen. 

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte vetoed two pandemic-related public health bills Friday, calling them redundant.