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Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .

Belgrade Rep wants voters to decide when ‘personhood’ begins

By: - February 17, 2021

Montana voters may have the chance to answer a question the United States Supreme Court intentionally left unresolved in its 1973 Roe V. Wade ruling — when does life begin? House Bill 337, sponsored by Rep. Caleb Hinkle, R-Belgrade, would put a constitutional amendment to the voters in November 2022 to decide if “personhood” begins […]

House allows for new version of failed bill to be heard

By: - February 16, 2021

The House Rules Committee decided on a party-line vote Tuesday that a bill aiming to limit the type of medical care transgender youth can receive will be allowed to continue through the legislative process despite a nearly identical bill failing earlier in the session. House Minority leader Kim Abbott, D-Helena, objected to the first reading […]

Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill gets first hearing

By: - February 16, 2021

Complications with Type 1 Diabetes have landed Quinn Leighton in the emergency room multiple times. And if a new bill is passed that would allow people and businesses to deny services for reasons of faith, Leighton worries about being denied life-saving care in an emergency if a medical provider claims it is against their religious […]

Legislation to limit gender-affirming care to trans youth may reappear

By: - February 15, 2021

Despite socially conservative legislation mostly flying through a GOP-controlled House, liberal opponents were able to twice squash an effort to bar doctors from providing gender-affirming care to transgender youth. But Manhattan Republican Rep. Jennifer Carlson is not giving up. On Monday, a bill drafted by Carlson similar to the failed House Bill 113, albeit less […]

Fifth lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

By: - February 12, 2021

Rep. Ross Fitzgerald, R-Fairfield, has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the fifth legislator to receive a positive diagnosis this session. Fitzgerald is a close contact of a legislator who previously tested positive, COVID Panel Chairman Jason Ellsworth said in a news release. The lawmaker was tested on Wednesday and received the diagnosis Friday. He […]

Updated: Chief Medical Officer Holzman to resign post

By: - February 12, 2021

Dr. Greg Holzman, the state’s chief medical officer, has announced his resignation, according to a source with direct knowledge of the resignation. “I have truly enjoyed my time working within DPHHS. I believe we have accomplished some exciting projects, and I know there are many more to be completed,” he said in his resignation letter […]

Bill to allow cigar bars in Montana gets first hearing

By: - February 11, 2021

Cigar aficionados in Montana may soon be able to indulge indoors if a bill allowing cigar bars in Montana passes through the legislature. House Bill 285, sponsored by Great Falls Republican Rep. Jeremy Trebas, would allow for the creation of cigar bars and their exemption from the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act if specific requirements […]

Bill to change Supreme Court races gets first hearing in House Judiciary

By: - February 10, 2021

Billings Republican Rep. Barry Usher is trying to revive a previously failed effort to change how Montana elects its state Supreme Court justices. Usher introduced House Bill 325, which would send the voters a legislative referendum to decide if they want state or district-wide supreme court elections, to the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. He argued […]

Gov. Gianforte to rescind statewide mask mandate Friday

By: - February 10, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that he will let the statewide mask mandate expire Friday.  The announcement comes the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research showing that wearing tight-fit masks, or even two masks increases protection against COVID-19. The directive will not bar local jurisdictions from implementing their own […]

Bills extending trapping season and allowing snaring of wolves pass second reading in the house

By: - February 10, 2021

Two bills aiming to increase Montanans’ ability to hunt wolves passed second readings on the House floor Wednesday. House Bills 224 and 225 would allow for the snaring of wolves and extend wolf trapping season dates. Rep. Paul Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, sponsors both bills. As it stands now, registered trappers can use footholds to trap […]

Rep. Beard tests positive for COVID-19

By: - February 10, 2021

Rep. Becky Beard, R-Elliston, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the House and Senate GOP. She is the fourth lawmaker to receive a positive diagnosis this session. Elliston got tested on Monday and received the diagnosis Wednesday morning. She last worked in-person at the Capitol on Friday and has been working […]

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Lt. Gov. wants her boss to appoint judges, says transparency will increase

By: - February 9, 2021

Proponents of a bill that would eliminate the Judicial Nomination Commission and give the governor mostly unfettered ability to fill judicial vacancies said it would not make the process more partisan. Testifying on behalf of the governor’s office, Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras — who helped draft the bill — said the idea that the current […]