Blair Miller

Blair Miller

Blair Miller is a reporter based in Helena who primarily covers government, climate and courts. He's been a journalist for more than 12 years, previously based in Denver, Albuquerque and mid-Missouri.

Montana Legislature tweaks upcoming deadlines citing large number of bills

By: - April 5, 2023

The Montana Legislature on Wednesday moved several upcoming deadlines in the final third of the 2023 session, citing a large number of bills still in process. “As you know, we are experiencing a voluminous number of bills this session, so we’re going to move a few transmittal deadlines to help us process the bills,” said […]

Bill preventing restraining orders against government without notice headed to governor’s desk

By: - April 5, 2023

When a Lewis and Clark District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order against the implementation of House Bill 102, the permitless concealed carry measure, in 2021, he said the Board of Regents would suffer an immediate and irreparable injury before Attorney General Austin Knudsen had an opportunity to respond. A bill now headed to […]

Dozens of people packed the Capitol rotunda in Helena on Feb. 1, 2023, to call on lawmakers to stop trying to amend the Montana Constitution.

Most remaining constitutional amendment proposals face long chances at Montana legislature

By: - April 4, 2023

Only one of the proposed constitutional amendments from the 2023 legislature appears to have a strong chance of being sent to Montana voters in 2024 among seven remaining, though several still have long-shot chances after third reading in their initial chambers Tuesday. The House and Senate voted on the remaining referendum proposals – all sponsored […]

The Montana state Capitol in Helena on Jan. 2, 2023.

House votes down Gianforte’s housing proposal, advances ‘compromise’ affordable housing bill

By: - April 4, 2023

The Montana House voted down one of Gov. Greg Gianforte’s major housing proposals in bipartisan fashion Monday and moved ahead with another affordable housing measure proposed by the House speaker and minority leader. House Bill 825, sponsored by Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula, referred to as the Montana Home Ownership Means Economic Security (HOMES) Act, was […]

Rep. Alice Buckley, D-Bozeman, discusses one of her three bills aimed at bolstering the child care industry in Montana heard on the House floor on Monday, April 3, 2023, ahead of Tuesday's transmittal deadline.

House advances two child care bills ahead of Tuesday’s budget deadline

By: - April 3, 2023

As Montana tries to figure out how to address a mix of child care provider shortages, increasing costs, and parents hoping to get back in the workforce, the House advanced two bills from Rep. Alice Buckley and voted down another that sought to address some of the issues more permanently. The Bozeman Democrat’s House Bill […]

Hundreds of conservation and public land supporters rallied at the Capitol in Helena to oppose bills that would strip marijuana tax revenue away from the Habitat Montana program on Feb. 23, 2023.

Competing bills, opinions could determine reallocation of Montana marijuana tax revenue

By: - March 31, 2023

Fights are ramping up at the state Capitol over what to do with Montana’s marijuana tax revenue and its funding of the Habitat Montana conservation program, as the two bills still moving through the legislature that address both contain vastly different end goals. Conservation and outdoors groups have been loudly outspoken about what they see […]

The Montana Capitol in Helena during a snowstorm on March 30, 2023.

Latest slate of Montana abortion bills advance ahead of upcoming deadline

By: - March 30, 2023

The latest round of Republican bills aimed at restricting abortions or putting new conditions on them in Montana, including one introduced Wednesday afternoon, advanced Thursday in party-line votes. House Bill 968 from Rep. Amy Regier, R-Kalispell, which was first noticed to the public Wednesday, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in a 13-6 vote […]

Opponents say Regier’s marijuana bill would kill industry, cost Montana millions

By: - March 29, 2023

Sen. Keith Regier’s bill to repeal adult-use marijuana in Montana is an effort to undo the will of voters, would kill hundreds of small businesses and thousands of jobs, harm sick people who rely on medical marijuana, and cost the state millions of dollars, opponents told a Senate committee Wednesday. Nicole Hobday, a former industry […]

The Montana state Capitol in Helena on the opening day of the 2023 legislative session on Jan. 2, 2023.

‘Compromise’ bill aims to put $100+ million more toward Montana affordable housing program

By: - March 28, 2023

A compromise between the Republican House Speaker and Democratic House Minority Leader could send another $115 million to the coal severance tax trust fund to be put toward housing for low- and middle-income Montanans. Speaker Matt Regier, R-Kalispell, introduced House Bill 927 Tuesday, which cleared the House Taxation Committee in a unanimous vote shortly after […]

The Montana Senate votes to concur with House amendments on Senate Bill 99 on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, the penultimate vote before the measure would be sent to the governor's desk.

Montana ban on gender-affirming care nears governor’s desk after Senate vote

By: - March 28, 2023

The bill that would ban gender-affirming care for children in Montana and punish providers is on the verge of being sent to the governor’s desk after the Senate on Tuesday concurred with the amendments made in the House. The Senate voted 33-17 – Sen. Terry Vermeire, R-Anaconda being the lone Republican no vote – to […]

Rep. Alice Buckley, D-Bozeman, urges the House floor to vote for House Bill 648 on its second reading on Monday, March 27, 2023.

Best Beginnings Scholarship expansion clears initial House vote with bipartisan support

By: - March 27, 2023

On its first floor vote Monday, 23 House Republicans joined all 32 Democrats to advance Bozeman Democratic Rep. Alice Buckley’s bill to expand the Best Beginnings Scholarship program, which provides child care scholarships for low-income families in Montana. Three Republicans spoke up in favor of House Bill 648, saying it would be a benefit for […]

Bill aims to prohibit Montana Medicaid abortion funding in most instances

By: - March 27, 2023

The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a bill Monday that would prohibit public funds from being used to pay for abortions unless they were the result of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk. House Bill 862 sponsor Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula, said committee members, regardless of party, should agree that […]