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Helena, Montana
Reporter, Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

Senate confirms Shea as Supreme Court justice

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Justice Jim Shea to the Montana Supreme Court. The vote was 41-9. All 21 Senate Democrats and 20 Republicans voted to confirm Shea, while nine Republicans opposed his confirmation. Shea has been serving on the court since June 2014, after Gov.

OPI Chief informs schools of budget cuts; Bouck: 'We are looking at dire alternatives'

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - The state's top public school official Tuesday informed schools statewide of the specific cuts they face in the next three months, totaling $9.4 million, because of House action killing a supplemental funding bill this week.

Montana House narrowly rejects bill to allow guns on college campuses

missoulian.com — HELENA - A bill allowing students, faculty and others to carry concealed weapons at the University of Montana and other colleges across the state went down to defeat Tuesday, narrowly rejected by the House. "Putting guns on campuses is a really bad idea, and it's terrible policy," said Rep.

Montana schools superintendent details cuts after state House kills bill

missoulian.com — HELENA - The state's top public school official Tuesday informed schools statewide of the specific cuts they face the next three months, totaling $9.4 million, because of House action killing a supplemental funding bill this week.

Montana House Republicans kill bill financing $31M of state spending this year

missoulian.com — HELENA - House Republicans Monday voted to kill a $31 million bill that would pay for state government cost overruns this year, including $9 million for public schools and $7 million for the state prison system.

MT Senate endorses 'school choice’ bill on close vote

helenair.com — On a mostly party-line vote with Republicans in favor, the Montana Senate Monday endorsed its first "school choice" bill this session, to create a $150 state income-tax credit to help both public and private school programs and students.

Senate votes overwhelmingly to close Boulder institution for developmentally disabled

mtstandard.com — HELENA -- The state Senate Saturday voted overwhelmingly for a bill to close the state home for the developmentally disabled at Boulder and send most or all of its 50 residents to community-based programs within two years. "Are we going to continue to spend millions of dollars on an institution that has shown it cannot keep people safe?"

Digital privacy bills dead: 'Solutions to problems that don’t exist in Montana at this point'

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - Several bills to bolster Montanans' privacy by restricting government collection and use of electronic information appear to be dead, killed in the wake of objections by law enforcement and others. Most have stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman said last week the bills are "solutions to problems that don't exist in Montana at this point," and aren't needed.

[UPDATED] Senate endorses Medicaid expansion bill

helenair.com — The bill expanding Medicaid to bring government-financed health coverage to an estimated 45,000 low-income Montanans advanced Friday in the state Senate, as a bipartisan majority endorsed it on a 28-22 vote. "These are our citizens, our neighbors, our friends ... who don't have health care," said Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, D-Butte, who supported Senate Bill 405.

Bullock vetoes bills on gun-owner rights, concealed weapons

helenair.com — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock Friday vetoed a pair of Republican-sponsored gun-rights bills, including one that would allow almost any adult to carry a concealed weapon in Montana without a permit.
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Apr 01, 2015

Hearing set on Sen. Buttrey's MT Medicaid expansion bill: Next Tues, 11 am., House Human Service Cmte, at the Capitol. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 01, 2015

Today at #mtleg, Sen Fi-Claims takes action on big bjt bill ... then it's Easter break. That's the Daily Grind ... and take five. #mtpol

Apr 01, 2015

A constitutional amdt to lengthen legislative term limits in MT? Good luck with that. bit.ly/1BMq3KD #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 01, 2015

School cuts in MT? OPI's Juneau outlines what could happen -- but Sen. Jones says fix could be in: bit.ly/1xyhGqc #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 01, 2015

It's April. Home stretch of the #mtleg. Time for The Daily Grind. 1st, guns-on-campus bill sent packing: bit.ly/1NBaJHg #mtpol

Mar 31, 2015

And, guns on MT campuses? That bill is on MT House floor today. From the #mtleg, that's ... the Daily Grind. #mtpol

Mar 31, 2015

Today at #mtleg, Sen Fi-Claims continues hearing on HB2. Voting starts tomorrow.

Mar 31, 2015

GOP MT House won't pay for extra costs in current fiscal year (schools, prisons, insurance fund): bit.ly/1OV8DW6 #mtleg #mtpol

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