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Four abortion bills pass initial vote on Senate floor

Four bills limiting access to abortion healthcare in Montana passed initial votes in the Senate on Thursday. Gov. Greg Gianforte has announced support for two...

House Agriculture panel to key in on climate change and farming

WASHINGTON — Democrats are eyeing proposals that would support programs for U.S. farmers—who have suffered catastrophic losses from severe weather events in recent years—to reduce...

Bill would replace Montana elections watchdog with Secretary of State

When Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices dismissed a residency complaint from Tom Woods against his opponent in a race for the Public Service Commission,...

Transgender cabinet nominee faces tirade from Senator

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday faced a tirade from a Republican senator about gender-affirmation surgery for...

House panel passes broadband “dig once” bill

A House panel on Wednesday signed off on legislation Wednesday to facilitate broadband development in rural Montana by taking advantage of existing infrastructure projects,...

Granholm confirmed to Energy Department

Update: This story has been updated to reflect details at her swearing-in ceremony. WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate on Thursday in a 64-35 vote confirmed former Michigan Gov....

Game-changing one-dose vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

WASHINGTON —States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the...

House Ed Committee passes Pledge of Allegiance requirement

Rep. Bob Phalen's bill that tells school trustees to make sure students grades three through 12 "receive instruction about the United States Constitution and...

Bill would impose up to 30-year prison term for damaging “critical...

Proposed legislation under consideration by a House panel this week would harshen criminal penalties for trespassing on or damaging pipelines, dams, power generation facilities...

Montana fails to recognize white supremacist groups as terrorists

House Republican Rep. Derek Skees of Kalispell questioned the existence of white supremacist groups in the state at a Tuesday hearing about a resolution...

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