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Keith Regier

The "beast bill" heads to the Senate. The attorney general sues over restrictions on the use of federal COVID relief money. Montana could lose millions in federal education money because of a bill banning transgender students from participating in women's sports. A bill to make it easier for Native Americans to vote is killed. And a progressive blogger ends his long run as an influential gadfly.

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Montana lawmakers worried about losing federal funding have amended a proposed ban on transgender women and girls competing in interscholastic women’s sports. The Senate has endorsed the amended bill.

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A policy to increase local law enforcement's role in federal immigration investigations in Montana is nearing Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk. The state's Republican-led Legislature has passed the bill in both chambers and now it returns to the House after being amended in the Senate.

Montana Senate Moves Forward Bill To Ban Sanctuary Cities

Mar 16, 2021

The Montana Senate Monday offered its support to a controversial bill that would ban sanctuary cities in the state.

HELENA — The Montana Legislature has considered nearly a dozen bills this session aimed at changing how Montana’s judicial branch is formed and how it works.

A group of Republican lawmakers and protestors gather on the steps of the Montana Capitol for an anti-abortion rally on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.
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Four bills that aim to further regulate access to abortion in Montana were endorsed by the state Senate Friday.

Each bill passed mostly along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor of the proposals and Democrats voting against. 

A gloved hand swabs a person's arm, prepping it for a shot.
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Montana lawmakers are considering bills to expand who is eligible for vaccine-mandate exemptions in workplaces and schools.

As of mid-day Friday 731 bills have been introduced, and Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed 2 bills into law. This week, we’re watching bills about vaccines, Colstrip, and public assistance programs.

A Montana lawmaker introduced a bill Monday that would require public unions, not employers, to collect dues from members. Union representatives oppose the bill.

Senate Bill 89 would bar public employers from deducting dues from a union member’s paycheck.

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A Montana group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana by a citizen vote next year now has support and financial backing from two national groups. The campaign to set up a tax structure and regulations for recreational use plans to spend millions in Big Sky Country.

The national political action committee that’s successfully pushed for the legalization of marijuana in California, Maine, and Massachusetts is coming to Montana.

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