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Laurie Bishop

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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.

The Montana House Thursday voted down two bills that propose loosening vaccine requirements and endorsed a third.

House Bill 415 would’ve prevented state agencies from refusing service to those who are unvaccinated and would’ve banned employers from requiring vaccination as a job requirement. Sponsor and Manhattan Republican Rep. Jennifer Carlson said the proposal addresses a constitutional rights issue.

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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After nearly two decades of a Democratic governor vetoing anti-abortion legislation, Montana is poised for a major change — and possible legal battles — over laws that allow for broad access to abortion.

Capitol Talk: Tax Cuts, Pay Raises And A Republican Reversal

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gianforte's State of the State address was a mixture of Republican canon and bipartisan proposals. Lawmakers disagree whether an immigration bill has racist intent. A handful of Republicans change their minds about a bill to limit gender-affirming health care for transgender youth. And hefty raises for executive branch department heads raise some eyebrows.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

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Greg Gianforte gave his first State of the State address Thursday night before the 67th Montana Legislature. Gianforte continued to outline his campaign promises to cut taxes, reduce regulations and move the state forward amid the pandemic and on policy blocked under previous Democratic governors.

Women and mothers interested in running for political office are getting together over the Memorial Day weekend in Livingston for training on how to run and become more civically engaged.

The group "Moms Clean Air Force," which advocates for conservation, clean air and children’s health issues, is holding what’s they’re calling a "Mama Summit" near Livingston.

Montana Lawmakers Cut Budget For Long-Term Senior And Disabled Care

Mar 16, 2017
On June 24, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.
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One of the amendments to the state budget Montana lawmakers shot down today would have given more funding to a program that helps pay for long-term care for low-income seniors and disabled Montanans.

Nancy Keenan says Democrats are coming out of the primary and headed into the general election season both excited and optimistic. Keenan is the executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. She says Democratic candidates will focus on a handful of issues that she believes are key to voters.