Sue Malek

Prescription drugs. Stock photo.

A proposal to regulate an obscure but important player in the prescription drug industry divided Democrats and Republicans as it passed out of the state Senate today.

Colstrip power plant.
John Adams / Montana Free Press

HELENA — A bill would allow NorthWestern Energy to take control of the Colstrip power plant with scaled-back regulatory oversight, and it’s moving through the Legislature at lightning speed.

Bills Aim To Cut Plastic Pollution

Jan 25, 2019
A person carries groceries in a plastic bag. Stock photo.

HELENA — If two bills in the Montana Legislature aimed at reducing plastic waste become law, diners would need to request a plastic straw at a restaurant, and shoppers would have to pay 4 cents for a plastic bag at retail stores.

Five To Follow: Week Of Jan. 21 At The Montana Legislature

Jan 18, 2019
Colstrip power plant.
John Adams / Montana Free Press

HELENA — Youth suicide, honoring an officer, coal plants, switchblades, and plastic straws: lawmakers have a lot to discuss during Week 3 of the legislative session. Here are a handful of topics to follow.

Secretary Of State: Awarding Contract To Friend Was Right For Voters

Nov 13, 2018
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. File photo.
Montana Secretary of State.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton on Tuesday defended his decision to award an emergency $265,000 contract to a friend's printing company, saying he did what was right for state voters.

Stapleton, a Republican, testified before the State Administration and Veterans Affairs Committee, which oversees his office, about the contract awarded to former state Republican Party Executive Director Jake Eaton.