Moffie Funk

Montana Legislature House chamber.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

A state-funded preschool program has been rejected by Montana lawmakers. The state remains among only a few in the country without publicly funded pre-K.

House Bill 755 was tabled on a 9-8 vote hours after its first hearing, Wednesday.

A Helena Youth Against Gun Violence meeting, Dec. 5, 2018.
Courtesy Helena Youth Against Gun Violence

Helena high school students who organized to do something in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting 13 months ago presented a bill to Montana’s House Judiciary Committee at the capitol Tuesday.

"We’re not expert lobbyists, nor are we supporting any particular agenda or organization. We’re just students who saw an issue in our community and decided something needed to be done," says Clara McRae, a senior at Capital High School and co-founder of Helena Youth Against Gun Violence

Bill Would Offer Paid Leave To Montana Employees

Feb 11, 2019
Rep. Moffie Funk (D) - HD82
Montana Legislature

HELENA — Montana employees, including those who are self-employed, could receive paid medical or family leave through a statewide fund if a new bill introduced to the Legislature becomes law.

Students at Capital High School in Helena walk out of class March 14, 2018 as part of what they call a memorial for the Parkland shooting victims and other gun violence victims.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Remember back in March, when high school students in several towns across Montana staged marches against gun violence? The marches began a month after 17 students and staffers were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

One of those groups, Helena Youth Against Gun Violence, has remained active. They hosted a U.S. House candidates forum last spring, and on Tuesday night held what they called their re-launch meeting.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester, facing a tough re-election campaign this year, is hoping women voters will give him the push he needs to be elected to a third term in this increasingly Republican-leaning state.

The Democrat says history will determine whether the Women’s March was a moment or a movement still, “It certainly has the feel of a movement at this moment in time.”