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Rep. Sharon Greef, Governor Greg Gianforte, and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen are pictured at the HB 176 bill signing, April 19, 2021.
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Gov. Greg Gianforte signed several bills into law this week, including policies to end same-day voting registration and change voter ID requirements; limit local public health powers; expand telehealth access; give businesses tax breaks for vocational training; allow insurance companies to consider gender when setting rates; address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people; and update state laws after federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The Session Week 11: State Budget Takes Shape And Marijuana Regulation Coming Soon

Mar 15, 2021

As of mid-day Friday, 1,148 bills had been introduced and Gov. Greg Gianforte 54 had been signed into law.

This week we’re starting to see the state budget take shape; recreational marijuana regulations are coming soon; and Democrats try again with tax changes as Republican plans move forward.

Montana Lawmaker Introduces Direct Patient Care Bill

Jan 21, 2021

A Montana state lawmaker today introduced a bill that would formalize a patient’s ability to directly pay a doctor for care without insurance. Similar bills have been vetoed in the past.

Republican Sen. Cary Smith of Billings told the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee that direct patient care lowers provider overhead costs and simplifies the health care experience by sidestepping insurance companies, and state and federal regulations.

Troy Downing is the 2020 Republican candidate for state auditor.
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Troy Downing is the 2020 Republican candidate for State Auditor. He spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Campaign Beat: It's Going To Be A Squeaker

Oct 16, 2020

If a new poll is correct, it's going to be a suspenseful election night in Montana. Fundraising in the Senate race is off the charts. The Senate candidates take turns accusing each other of being a party hack. The Missoulian newspaper tries to clean up a mess over a controversial endorsement. A new ad in the House race features a talking elk. And candidates in the the state auditor's race try to gain some voter attention

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Troy Downing is the 2020 Republican candidate for state auditor.
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Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Troy Downing is the 2020 Republican candidate for state auditor.

The candidates for Montana’s state auditor office squared off in a televised debate Sunday hosted by MTN News. The Republican candidate touted his past business experience as making him the most qualified to run the office. The Democrat argues he’s best prepared for the job due to his work as an attorney and state legislator.

Montana’s top elections enforcer says the Republican candidate for state auditor made seven campaign practice violations leading up to the June primary.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan found last week that Bozeman business owner Troy Downing failed to report several campaign expenditures, failed to include "paid by" attribution on campaign materials and didn’t notify opposing candidates of campaign mailers mentioning them within the required time period.

 

News broke on Fourth of July that a handful of Montana’s high-profile elected officials and political candidates were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during two of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign events. This week, we learned where those events took place and who attended. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan spoke with Maritsa Georgiou of NBC Montana, who had the scoop.

Montana State Auditor Matthew Rosendale says he’s tested negative for the novel coronavirus a week after being potentially exposed at a GOP fundraising event in Gallatin County.

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