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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 .

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Montana fails to recognize white supremacist groups as terrorists

By: - February 25, 2021

House Republican Rep. Derek Skees of Kalispell questioned the existence of white supremacist groups in the state at a Tuesday hearing about a resolution condemning violence from white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. “Could you please name me one white supremacist group in Montana?” Skees asked the resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell, a Democrat from […]

Bill limiting ballot collection passes House Judiciary Committee

By: - February 23, 2021

A nearly identical bill to Ballot Interference Protection Act, which was struck down in court last fall for disproportionately affecting rural Native American communities’ ability to collect voter ballots, passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 12-7 party-line vote with Republican support. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Noland, R-Bigfork, was unfazed by the court ruling […]

House Judiciary Committee tables bill that would repeal death penalty

By: - February 23, 2021

A bill that would have repealed the death penalty in Montana was tabled by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday on an 11-8 vote. House Bill 335 sponsor Rep. Ed Stafman, R-Bozeman, said the bill would protect inmates on death row that are falsely accused and would save the state money as death penalty cases can […]

Committee passes bill that prohibits ‘discrimination based on vaccination status’

By: - February 23, 2021

After a lengthy discussion Tuesday morning, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would bar schools, hospitals, and public and private businesses from discriminating against or denying service to people based on vaccination status. House Bill 415, sponsored by Manhattan Republican Rep. Jennifer Carlson, passed on party lines 12-7 with Republican support. The bill […]

Bill limiting medical care for transgender youth passes committee again

By: - February 22, 2021

Before the House Judiciary Committee again passed a bill limiting medical care to transgender youth, Shawn Reagor told legislators House Bill 427 would have life or death consequences. Reagor said he spent hours in the emergency room’s parking lot last week waiting to learn the fate of a 19-year-old transgender woman who attempted suicide. The […]

Doctor: bill limiting trans care is ‘huge infringement’ on duty to do no harm

By: - February 22, 2021

The state’s only pediatric urologist fears she will have to relocate if a bill barring gender-affirming surgeries on transgender youth passes into law — even though she has never performed such a surgery on a minor. “I don’t do gender-affirming surgery for children,” said Dr. Erin Grantham, a board-certified pediatric urologist who has been practicing […]

Bill expanding religious freedom defense passes committee

By: - February 18, 2021

A bill that would strengthen Montanans’ ability to deny services if it substantially burdens their religious beliefs passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on a 7-4 party-line vote with Republican support. Senate Bill 215 was amended to include the word “substantially” before “burden.” During testimony, opponents noted the modifier is necessary to […]

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 […]