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Bill to Change Polling Hours Takes Next Step

Mar 12, 2021

HELENA — The 67th Montana Legislature has been marked by a series of bills attempting to change the elections process in Montana.

Some of them, like House Bill 455, didn’t even make it out of committee. That bill, sponsored by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, would have made absentee voting much more difficult. During its only hearing, Rep. Geraldine Custer, R-Forsyth, said the bill was unworkable.

“This is probably the worst bill I’ve seen all session,” Custer said, “and it needs to die.”

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: Abortion, Transgender Rights And Open Meeting Laws

Jan 22, 2021

This week on Capitol Talk, restrictions on abortion and trans rights dominate the House Judiciary Committee while that same committee's Republicans bar reporters from a meeting. All that as old fissures reappear in the Republican caucus.

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

Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, introduces House Bill 136 to the Montana House Judiciary Committee Jan. 19, 2021. The bill is the first in a slate of bills seeking to add restrictions on abortion access.
Austin Amestoy / UM Legislative News Service

On Tuesday, Montana lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee heard the first two bills to be introduced this session aimed at restricting access to abortion.

Republican Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway is carrying House Bill 136, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks of gestation or later. Republican Rep. Sharon Greef is carrying House Bill 171 which would place new restrictions on medication abortions as well as add new requirements for the providers performing them.

Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R) HD-22.
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The Montana Republican Party is distancing itself from a statement signed by more than a dozen Republican lawmakers condemning the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact. 


Recounts Sought In Montana House District Races

Nov 29, 2018
Polling place sign.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Recounts have been requested in two Montana legislative races from the Nov. 6 election.

The Great Falls Tribune reports recount petitions were filed Wednesday with the secretary of state's office by two Democratic candidates challenging results in the House District 22 race in Great Falls and House District 51 race in Billings.

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In a party line vote today, Republican lawmakers killed a bill aiming to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people under Montana’s civil rights laws.

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William Marcus

Days after hearing testimony from clergy, young conservative lawmakers, and an exonerated death-row inmate from Arizona asking for the end of capital punishment, state lawmakers voted against their request.

The bill, HB-366, introduced by Adam Hertz, a freshman Republican from Missoula, was voted down largely along party lines — Democrats voting in favor of abolishing the death penalty and Republicans tending to vote against.

Sen. Daines shuts down Sen. Warren and votes to confirm Betsy DeVos. Will the special congressional election be a mail-only affair? A death penalty repeal bill narrowly fails at the Montana Legislature. Join MTPR's Sally Mauk and UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin for analysis of these stories on "Capitol Talk," your weekly legislative analysis program.

Rep. Adam Hertz (R) HD-96 is the sponsor of a bill to abolish the death penalty in Montana.
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About 50 miles east of where two men sit on death row in Deer Lodge, Montana lawmakers are again questioning whether the state should continue killing people found guilty of heinous crimes.

Adam Hertz, a freshman Republican legislator from Missoula, introduced a bill Monday morning that would abolish Montana’s death penalty.