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Bill to provide licenses for traditional tribal bison hunts gets final approval

HELENA - Montana lawmakers have given final approval for a bill to provide limited licenses to state tribal groups for the traditional hunting of wild bison. House Bill 108 sponsored by Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point) passed...

MT Senate advances major spending bill

HELENA - The Montana Senate Monday advanced the major spending bill that lays out the state’s two-year budget, moving the 2017 Legislature one step closer to finishing its business. Now, the attention turns to revenue, and...

Montana Supreme Court justices raise concerns about legal aid funding

HELENA - All seven current justices of the Montana Supreme Court, along with eight retired members, are calling on Congress to continue funding two groups that help provide legal aid for people who can’t...

Trump donates first 3 months of salary to Park Service

(AP) — President Donald Trump is donating the first three months of his salary to the National Park Service. White House press secretary Sean Spicer handed an oversized check for $78,333.32 to Interior Secretary...

Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure

(AP) — The Montana Senate has approved a measure that would bar internet service providers from being awarded state contracts if they collect data from their customers without consent. The Senate voted 46-0 Monday...

$78 million infrastructure bill revived by MT House’s – what’s it mean?

HELENA - In a surprise move, the Montana House has kept alive its version of the bill to fund additional building and infrastructure projects, through $78 million of new state debt. The House voted Saturday 64-34...

Tester won’t support Supreme Court nominee

Montana’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jon Tester, said Sunday evening he won’t vote for President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch – and will support Senate Democratic leadership’s stance that Gorsuch needs at...

Quist doesn’t have much support from national Dems

HELENA - While Montana’s U.S. House race is one of only two special congressional elections nationwide that could be competitive, national Democratic or left-leaning groups so far have shown little interest in putting money...

Mail ballot bill officially dead

HELENA -  After failing to get the votes it needed to pass, the mail ballot bill, which would have allowed counties to run the upcoming special election for Ryan Zinke’s seat entirely by mail, is...

Big increase in MT tobacco tax approved in Senate

HELENA - The Montana state Senate Thursday approved a big increase in state tobacco taxes, which supporters said would help fund health-care costs related to smoking while encouraging more people to quit, or not...

Pair of bills changing Montana’s abortion laws move forward

HELENA - A pair of proposed bills aimed at changing Montana’s abortion laws by defining "viability" and exposing doctors to prosecution for homicide is moving forward in the legislature. Senate Bill 329 is sponsored by...

Infrastructure bills move forward – but showdown looms

HELENA - Two similar bills to issue state debt for a variety of building projects in Montana won endorsement at the Legislature Wednesday – but the votes appear to set up a political showdown...

Groups sue to stop Trump’s effort to boost coal

BILLINGS (AP) — The Latest on legal challenges to President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back steps taken by his predecessor to curb global warming. (all times local): 2 p.m. Environmental groups and a Montana American...

Woman, 20, charged with plowing into Capitol Police cruiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 20-year-old woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody Wednesday morning, a disruption that closed down streets near...

Zinke: Border wall ‘complex,’ faces geographic challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the...

New bill clears confusion about Marsy’s Law

GREAT FALLS - Following the passage of Marsy's Law in the 2016 election in Montana, municipal and county governments around the state have struggled with how to implement the law. The ballot measure was approved...

Tester still undecided on Gorsuch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jon Tester on Tuesday said he hasn't decided on how he will vote on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch needs 60 votes to be confirmed. Many democrats have said they...

Budget committee adds millions back to government spending bill

HELENA - The state Senate’s main budget committee Tuesday added back millions of dollars to the main spending bill for state government – including about $10.5 million over two years for nursing homes that serve...

Montana House endorses bill to let East Helena, other districts build high schools

(HELENA) The Montana House endorsed a bill Monday allowing three elementary school districts, including East Helena, to build their own high schools. On Monday, House members voted 98-2 in favor of Senate Bill 139, sponsored...

Senate panel advances tobacco tax hike

HELENA - A big increase in Montana’s tobacco tax – some $70 million a year – won approval Tuesday from a Senate committee. The 9-3 vote by the Senate Taxation Committee sends the measure to...

House votes to block Obama-era online privacy rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration. It's the first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon...

Trump tosses Obama’s ‘clean’ energy plan, embraces coal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs. The move makes...

Lawmakers consider bill to fund caregivers with tobacco tax increase

(HELENA) Lawmakers heard strong support and opposition Monday on a bill that would fund higher salaries for direct care workers by dramatically increasing Montana’s tobacco taxes. The Senate Taxation Committee held a hearing on Senate...

13 states urge appeals court to OK Trump travel ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of 12 state attorneys general and one governor is backing President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries, telling a federal appeals court Monday that...

Quist says health-care troubles led to financial troubles,

HELENA - Rob Quist, the Democrat candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, says more than $27,000 of unpaid debts and property taxes – which he paid off within the last year...