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Kimberly Dudik

Rep. Kim Dudik, D - Missoula
Mike Albans

Missoula attorney and Democratic State Representative Kimberly Dudik says she’s running to be Montana’s attorney general in 2020.

Current Republican Attorney General Tim Fox can’t run again because of term limits. Dudik is the first candidate to announce a bid to replace him.

The mailer sent out last week, incorrect information was printed on the other side
Kimberly Dudik

Matt Bell, a Democrat challenging three-term Montana House incumbent Kimberly Dudik is apologizing for making false statements in a mailer voters received last week.

Montana Capitol in Helena.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A committee of legislative finance leaders got good news on the state budget Monday. After a derailment of state finances leading to a special session last November, the latest budget report from the Legislative Fiscal Division indicates indicates that state finances are improving.

However, there’s nothing the legislative committee can do to reverse the budget cuts made this winter.

About 180 Bills Signed Into Montana Law So Far This Legislative Session

Apr 11, 2017
Montana House of Representatives.
MTPR

HELENA — Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed nearly 180 bills into law so far this legislative session, on issues ranging from water rights to foster care.

Rep. Kimberly Dudik is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the state's requirement for women to get a premarital test for rubella before getting a marriage license. File photo.
Mike Albans

The Montana House endorsed a bill Monday that would require the state health department to work with other organizations to develop a plan to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Montana Capitol, Helena, MT.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

This week, lawmakers are considering how to fund the Office of the State Public Defender, that provides legal counsel to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

During the last two days of hearings, attorneys from across the state gathered in a small third floor room in the Capitol, telling lawmakers about budget cuts that they say are adding to their already burdened work.

Bill Would Give Foster Children More Say In Planning Their Future

Feb 13, 2017
Helena resident Lina Havron shared a story of a foster child named Charlie during testimony on the bill Monday.
Freddy Monares

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would allow foster children over the age of 14 to be involved in the planning process about their living situation as they age out of foster care.

Bill Would Give Child Abuse Workers More Time

Jan 23, 2017
Rep. Kim Dudik, D - Missoula
Mike Albans

A new bill would give Montana’s Child and Family Services Division more time to informally resolve child abuse cases before they are referred to the courts.

If passed, the bill would provide additional funding  for a child abuse pilot project passed by the legislature in 2015.

Rep. Kimberly Dudik is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the state's requirement for women to get a premarital test for rubella before getting a marriage license. File photo.
Mike Albans

A bi-partisan task force of lawmakers is proposing a package of 7 bills this legislative session aiming to improve the work of Montana’s Public Defender Office.

Two of those bills got their first hearing Monday in the House Judiciary committee.

Dr. Phil Kinsey, director of the Montana State Crime Lab, explains rape kit testing protocols to the task force.
Mara Silvers

The Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force set up by the attorney general last November met for the third time in Missoula last Friday. Dr. Phil Kinsey gave fellow task force members an idea of how labor-intensive and time-consuming it is to test so-called rape kits during a tour of the state crime lab.

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