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Gov. Gianforte signs Senate Bills 159 and 399 into law May 6, 2021 besides (L to R) Steven Thompson, Sen. Greg Hertz (R-Polson), Ray Thompson, Senate President Mark Blasdel (R-Kalispell), and Director of Commerce Scott Ostermann.
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Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed two bills into law Thursday to simplify the state’s income tax code while also cutting the top marginal rate. Gianforte was joined by Republican lawmakers to sign the bills at a manufacturing business in Kalispell. 

Paycheck Protection Program's Funds Exhausted

May 5, 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program that’s given aid to businesses during the pandemic has run out of funding, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA will continue to fund already approved PPP applications.

The PPP provided Montana small businesses with nearly 42,000 loans totaling $2.5 billion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans helped cover workers' paychecks during the COVID-19 related economic downturn and mandated shutdowns.

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Montana will stop providing additional unemployment benefits allowed during the coronavirus pandemic. This coincides with the state offering so-called return-to-work bonuses.

Gianforte says the measures are intended to incentivize Montanans to re-enter the job market amid a severe workforce shortage.

The governor’s office says Montana will opt out of providing enhanced unemployment benefits by July.

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill into law to increase the tax exemption on business equipment up to $300,0000. 

The Session Week 18: What Happened During Montana’s 2021 Legislative Session?

May 3, 2021

The 67th session of the Montana Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, April 29. During lawmakers’ 80 days of work, 1,313 bills were introduced and as of mid-day Friday at least 302 had been signed into law.

Montana lawmakers have accepted Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte’s changes to a bill preventing businesses and government agencies from denying people services or employment because of vaccination status. The president of the Montana Hospital Association remains worried the policy will upend provider safety procedures.

After an abnormal delay in voting and a committee rejection, Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Chris Abbott was confirmed by the Montana Senate Thursday. Abbott’s nomination was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee more than a month ago and didn’t see a vote until Thursday morning.

A slate of bills to cut taxes in Montana is moving to Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte for consideration. Gianforte campaigned on the promise to cut taxes for the state and advocated for several of the proposals in his budget. 

Rep. Sharon Greef, R-Florence, looks on as Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signs her bill into law to restrict how doctors administer medication abortions. It was one of three bills Gianforte signed Monday, April 26, 2021, to limit access to abortion.
Shaylee Ragar / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed three bills into law that aim to limit access to abortion, breaking a nearly two-decade-long streak of Democratic governors vetoing anti-abortion legislation in the state. 

The Session Week 17: Last Minute Legislation And Maneuvers

Apr 26, 2021

As of mid-day Friday, 1,313 bills have been introduced and at least 267 have been signed into law. This week we’re watching how the Republican majority is spending their mandate from voters as the session is winding down and last minute legislation.