HELENA (AP) — A legislative committee has voted down an increase in special education funding that had already won a floor vote in the Montana House.

The measure by Democratic Rep. Kathy Kelker of Billings would cost $6 million over the next two years. The increase would cover the cost of inflation and raise reimbursements for the cooperatives that serve more than a third of special education students in Montana.

The bill was recommended by an interim committee that studied the equity and adequacy of school funding. It passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee and was endorsed without debate by the House Wednesday on a 63-37 vote.

Instead of going to a final vote on the House floor, the bill was re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

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The committee voted 12-10 against the bill Thursday without any discussion.


  1. our montana legislatures are egerly making legislation laws and yet dont know how to move forward with them. they are very two faced and very needy. the moment that something like special need help and funding come into the forcast they shoot every possible way of helping montanas with disabilities down like they dont deserve it. if they ever had a child with disabilities im sure it wouldnt be an issue then but seeing that they dont have children with special needs its just easy to over look. i have always hated the discrimnation of the legislation session it never ends. maybe we need more of us out our state to stand up for whats right and get rid of the corruption we have at the capital and do whats right.