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Montana Capitol in Helena.
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A roughly $80 million infrastructure bonding package is moving forward in the Montana House and faces a final vote in the coming days.

The amended bill passed on a 68-32 vote with the Republican Speaker of the House, Majority Leader and other conservatives opposing it.

Montana Capitol building.
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Montana may join 15 other states in making it more difficult to pass new or increased taxes.

A simple majority of the state Legislature can currently approve new taxes or fees. But House Bill 148 introduced Tuesday would raise that threshold to a two-thirds supermajority.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

Montana State University and University of Montana students are on average tens of thousands of dollars in debt after four years in school. With that in mind, lawmakers are thinking about making financial education a bigger part of the university's responsibility. But the idea could violate the state constitution.

Dorothy Eck, Who Helped Write Montana's Constitution, Dies

Sep 25, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Dorothy Eck, who helped draft Montana's Constitution 45 years ago and later served in the state Senate for two decades, has died in Bozeman. She was 93.

Daughter Diana Eck told the Montana Democratic Party that her mother died Saturday.

Montana Lawmakers Reject New Constitutional Protections For Hunting, Fishing And Trapping

Apr 12, 2017
Man fishing in the Yellowstone River.
Flickr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

The Montana House of Representatives killed a bill today that would have asked voters to make hunting, fishing and trapping a Constitutional right. Senate Bill 236 passed the Senate on a 30-to-20 vote back in March.

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