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Dissenting Voices Absent From Gianforte Forest Collaboration Roundtable

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and U.S. Agriculture Department Undersecretary Jim Hubbard spearheaded a roundtable this week in Missoula focused on forest and wildland fire policy. Gianforte called for greater collaboration among stakeholders. Some stakeholders, however, were noticeably absent from the event.

6 MIN5 d ago
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Dissenting Voices Absent From Gianforte Forest Collaboration Roundtable

Montana Lawmakers To Study Yearly Legislative Sessions

Montana lawmakers are meeting for a week in January to study whether the State Legislature should meet every year. Montana’s House and Senate currently meet for 90 days every other year. In 2019, the Legislature passed a bill to study meeting every year for 45 days.

1 MIN5 d ago
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Montana Lawmakers To Study Yearly Legislative Sessions

Health Department: Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements Won't Take Effect In January

Officials say it could take more than a year to add new "community engagement" requirements to the state’s Medicaid expansion . Montana is awaiting federal approval for its plan to require some low-income adults to work for health coverage.

1 MIN6 d ago
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Health Department: Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements Won't Take Effect In January

Lewis & Clark County Voters Approve Nonpartisan Elections

Starting in 2020, Lewis and Clark County will no longer have partisan elections for leadership offices, an idea that voters from a different southwest Montana county are opposed to.

2 MIN1 w ago
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Lewis & Clark County Voters Approve Nonpartisan Elections

Bowen Greenwood Enters Race For Montana Secretary Of State

A fourth Republican is entering Montana’s primary race for Secretary of State. Bowen Greenwood , current clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, announced Tuesday he’s joining the 2020 race for the job of top election official.

1 MIN1 w ago
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Bowen Greenwood Enters Race For Montana Secretary Of State

Plaintiffs Say Montana Vape Ban Was Premature And Inappropriate

A lawsuit to block a temporary ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products in Montana is now in the hands of a judge in Hamilton. Ravalli County District Judge Jennifer Lint Friday said the lawsuit challenging implementation of the Bullock administration’s emergency rules to block the sale of flavored vaping products is officially now at the top of her to-do list.

1 MIN1 w ago
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Plaintiffs Say Montana Vape Ban Was Premature And Inappropriate

Rep. Gianforte Votes Against Impeachment Inquiry Resolution

Montana’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted against a resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

23 s1 w ago
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Rep. Gianforte Votes Against Impeachment Inquiry Resolution

National Groups Join Push To Legalize Marijuana In Montana

A Montana group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana by a citizen vote next year now has support and financial backing from two national groups. The campaign to set up a tax structure and regulations for recreational use plans to spend millions in Big Sky Country. The national political action committee that’s successfully pushed for the legalization of marijuana in California, Maine, and Massachusetts is coming to Montana.

3 MIN2 w ago
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National Groups Join Push To Legalize Marijuana In Montana

Gov. Bullock Endorses Lt. Gov. Cooney In Gubernatorial Race

Gov. Steve Bullock is taking sides in the Democratic party’s 2020 primary race for governor. In a press conference Friday Bullock endorsed his current lieutenant governor for the job.

1 MIN2 w ago
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Gov. Bullock Endorses Lt. Gov. Cooney In Gubernatorial Race

Survey Gauges Waste, Fraud In Montana Government

A survey released this month says one in five state employees in Montana are aware of unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenses squandering government resources. The state Legislative Audit Division says 19 percent of state workers that responded to their survey said they had first-hand knowledge of waste of state government resources in the agencies they work for.

1 MIN2 w ago
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Survey Gauges Waste, Fraud In Montana Government

Latest Episodes

Dissenting Voices Absent From Gianforte Forest Collaboration Roundtable

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and U.S. Agriculture Department Undersecretary Jim Hubbard spearheaded a roundtable this week in Missoula focused on forest and wildland fire policy. Gianforte called for greater collaboration among stakeholders. Some stakeholders, however, were noticeably absent from the event.

6 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Dissenting Voices Absent From Gianforte Forest Collaboration Roundtable

Montana Lawmakers To Study Yearly Legislative Sessions

Montana lawmakers are meeting for a week in January to study whether the State Legislature should meet every year. Montana’s House and Senate currently meet for 90 days every other year. In 2019, the Legislature passed a bill to study meeting every year for 45 days.

1 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Montana Lawmakers To Study Yearly Legislative Sessions

Health Department: Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements Won't Take Effect In January

Officials say it could take more than a year to add new "community engagement" requirements to the state’s Medicaid expansion . Montana is awaiting federal approval for its plan to require some low-income adults to work for health coverage.

1 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Health Department: Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements Won't Take Effect In January

Lewis & Clark County Voters Approve Nonpartisan Elections

Starting in 2020, Lewis and Clark County will no longer have partisan elections for leadership offices, an idea that voters from a different southwest Montana county are opposed to.

2 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Lewis & Clark County Voters Approve Nonpartisan Elections

Bowen Greenwood Enters Race For Montana Secretary Of State

A fourth Republican is entering Montana’s primary race for Secretary of State. Bowen Greenwood , current clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, announced Tuesday he’s joining the 2020 race for the job of top election official.

1 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Bowen Greenwood Enters Race For Montana Secretary Of State

Plaintiffs Say Montana Vape Ban Was Premature And Inappropriate

A lawsuit to block a temporary ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products in Montana is now in the hands of a judge in Hamilton. Ravalli County District Judge Jennifer Lint Friday said the lawsuit challenging implementation of the Bullock administration’s emergency rules to block the sale of flavored vaping products is officially now at the top of her to-do list.

1 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Plaintiffs Say Montana Vape Ban Was Premature And Inappropriate

Rep. Gianforte Votes Against Impeachment Inquiry Resolution

Montana’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted against a resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

23 s1 w ago
Comments
Rep. Gianforte Votes Against Impeachment Inquiry Resolution

National Groups Join Push To Legalize Marijuana In Montana

A Montana group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana by a citizen vote next year now has support and financial backing from two national groups. The campaign to set up a tax structure and regulations for recreational use plans to spend millions in Big Sky Country. The national political action committee that’s successfully pushed for the legalization of marijuana in California, Maine, and Massachusetts is coming to Montana.

3 MIN2 w ago
Comments
National Groups Join Push To Legalize Marijuana In Montana

Gov. Bullock Endorses Lt. Gov. Cooney In Gubernatorial Race

Gov. Steve Bullock is taking sides in the Democratic party’s 2020 primary race for governor. In a press conference Friday Bullock endorsed his current lieutenant governor for the job.

1 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Gov. Bullock Endorses Lt. Gov. Cooney In Gubernatorial Race

Survey Gauges Waste, Fraud In Montana Government

A survey released this month says one in five state employees in Montana are aware of unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenses squandering government resources. The state Legislative Audit Division says 19 percent of state workers that responded to their survey said they had first-hand knowledge of waste of state government resources in the agencies they work for.

1 MIN2 w ago
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Survey Gauges Waste, Fraud In Montana Government
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