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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 .

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 […]

Kristen Juras

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 […]

Legislature considers overhauling judicial nominating system

By: - February 8, 2021

A delegate of Montana’s 1972 Constitutional Convention said she was puzzled to learn of a bill that would eliminate the Judicial Nomination Commission and give the governor unfettered authority to fill judicial vacancies. “I cannot see what purpose this legislation serves other than installing purely partisan judges .. it is a step backward in the […]

Barry Usher

Bill allowing the state to resume lethal injections gets first hearing

By: - February 3, 2021

The House Judiciary Committee heard a bill Wednesday that would make a small technical change in state’s death penalty law — but would have a big effect by allowing the state to continue administering lethal injections. House Bill 244 would remove the requirement that drugs used for lethal injection must be “ultra-fast acting” barbiturates and […]

House passes sanctuary city ban; bill will now move to the senate

By: - February 3, 2021

A bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Montana passed its third vote on the house floor Wednesday and move onto the senate, where it is expected to pass. House Bill 200 would also would require local governments to share the immigration status with federal immigration agencies. Under the bill, cities and counties would have […]

House gives first approval to sanctuary city ban as some lawmakers remain puzzled over link between racism and immigration

By: - February 2, 2021

The intersection of racism and immigration once again controlled the discussion on a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in the state. Rep. Marilyn Marler, a Democrat from Missoula, was first to stand in opposition to the bill on the house floor Tuesday. Halfway into her opposition, she was interrupted by Chairman Barry Usher, R-Billings, […]

Gianforte: 19,500 unused COVID-19 doses to be distributed in Montana

By: - February 2, 2021

The federal government has approved the reallocation of 19,500 unused COVID-19 vaccine doses not used at long-term care facilities to Phase 1B recipients, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced in a press conference Tuesday. Phase 1B includes Montanans over the age of 70 and those 16-69 with a serious underlying medical condition. The doses — originally provided […]