Republicans reject attempts to revive LGBT nondiscrimination bill

HELENA - Republicans in the Montana House Tuesday rejected an attempt to bring to the floor a bill outlawing discrimination against gays and lesbians in Montana, effectively killing the measure. Supporters of House Bill 417,...

Hundreds gather in Helena to ask Daines to hold town hall

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines was scheduled to speak before the Montana House Tuesday, but several hours before the address, his office announced it had been rescheduled to Wednesday. Despite that change, hundreds of protesters still...

Former MT House Majority Leader charged with possession and intent to distribute meth

BILLINGS - Michael Lange, the former Republican House Majority Leader for the Montana Legislature, denied federal charges Tuesday that alleged he possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Lange, 56 years old, pleaded not guilty...

Bill for roof-top solar power expansion considered

HELENA - Roof-top solar power in Montana could be greatly expanded under a bill that state lawmakers will near this week – but it wouldn’t take effect until 2019. House Bill 504, sponsored by Rep....

Karla Gray, Montana’s first female chief justice, dies at 69

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Karla Gray, the first female chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, has died of cancer. She was 69. Gov. Steve Bullock ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday...

Tester targeted in ads by Judicial Crisis Network

BILLINGS - Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester was the first target of new ads by the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization. The ads claim the senator contributed to gridlock in Washington, delaying...

County officials ask lawmakers to allow all-mail ballots in special election

(HELENA) Officials from counties around Montana came to the Capitol Monday, asking lawmakers to let them conduct the election for Rep. Ryan Zinke’s congressional seat by mail ballot. The Senate State Administration Committee held an...

Health advocates back proposal to raise Montana’s cigarette tax

(HELENA) Health care advocates gathered at the State Capitol Monday morning to support an effort to increase Montana’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack. Groups like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the...

Bill to protect LGBT from discrimination killed in House Committee

HELENA - Republicans on a House committee Monday voted to kill a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against lesbians and gays in Montana. The House Judiciary Committee vote 11-8 along party lines...

Meth summit held at the Capitol, use is on the rise

HELENA - Methamphetamine drug trafficking is on the rise in Montana and seeping into our communities said Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at a meth summit held Saturday at the Capitol. At the Capitol the...

It’s official Zinke confirmation delayed

WASHINGTON - An attempt to move forward with Congressman Ryan Zinke's nomination as U.S. Interior Secretary failed in the U.S. Senate today. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to push through Zinke's nomination on a  "voice...

Pruitt OK’d as EPA chief over environmentalists’ objections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign...

Panel OKs increase in foster care funding, with a catch

HELENA (AP) — A legislative panel on Friday approved a $6 million increase over the next two years for Montana to deal with the growing number of children in foster care, though it kept...

Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work group meets in Bozeman

BOZEMAN - Women in Montana make less than their male counterparts, but many people across the state are making an effort to close that gap. Governor Steve Bullock held a roundtable Thursday to talk about...

Concealed-carry bill could be vetoed by Gov. Bullock

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock indicated Thursday he’s going to veto a bill that would allow anyone who legally owns a gun in Montana to carry a concealed weapon, without a permit. House Bill 262,...

Legislative panel rejects special education funding increase

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...

Leg proposes budget cuts to Montana’s university system

HELENA - A legislative budget panel Thursday recommended a 3.5 percent cut in Montana’s university system budget – a move that could lead to student tuition increases of more than 20 percent this fall. Yet...

House panel hears testimony on public charter school bill

HELENA - State lawmakers heard several hours of testimony Wednesday on a proposal to establish public charter schools in Montana. The House Education Committee held its initial hearing on House Bill 376, sponsored by Democratic...

State Senate unanimously backs bill to allow East Helena high school

HELENA - The Montana Senate has unanimously endorsed a bill that would let three elementary school districts, including East Helena, build their own high schools. Senate Bill 139, sponsored by Republican Sen. Duane Ankney of...

Spending bill becomes law without governor’s signature

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has allowed a legislative spending bill to become law after the state House and Senate rejected his recommended cuts. The so-called "feed bill" appropriates $11.5 million to pay...

GOP forward bills to expand concealed-carry of handguns in state

HELENA - From schools to the state Capitol to the U.S. Post Office and beyond, Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would expand where Montanans can carry concealed weapons. On Tuesday, in a nearly party-line...

Helena, East Helena boards finalize school bond proposals

(HELENA) The Helena and East Helena School Districts have both finalized plans for bond issues that will go before voters on May 2. Helena’s board of trustees voted Tuesday night to propose a $63 million...

Clues scarce after half-brother of NKorea leader killed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The astonishing assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother rippled across Asia on Wednesday as Malaysian investigators scoured airport surveillance video for clues about the two female...

MT GOP House votes to abolish state’s commissioner of political practices

HELENA - Republicans in the Montana House Monday voted to abolish the state’s commissioner of political practices, which enforces campaign laws in the state. The House voted 54-46 for House Bill 340, which would transfer...

Zinke confirmation likely not until March

HELENA - The U.S. Senate vote on whether to confirm Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as U.S. Interior secretary probably won’t occur until the end of this month or next month, MTN News has learned. Zinke’s confirmation...