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Montana Public Radio's weekly legislative news and analysis program appears on Fridays throughout the legislative session. MTPR's Sally Mauk is joined by Capitol Reporter Holly Michels and UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin to discuss the week's legislative news.

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Montana Public Radio's weekly legislative news and analysis program appears on Fridays throughout the legislative session. MTPR's Sally Mauk is joined by Capitol Reporter Holly Michels and UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin to discuss the week's legislative news.

    Capitol Talk: 2021 Legislature Recap

    Capitol Talk: 2021 Legislature Recap

    The 2021 Legislature produced a balanced budget with a slight spending increase, some new restrictions on abortion, a fight with the state Supreme Court and a lot of fulfilled conservative goals. Holly, Rob and Sally give their final takeaways from the session and preview the upcoming race for Montana's new second congressional seat.

    • 13 min
    New Voting Laws Face Legal Challenges As Legislature-Supreme Court Standoff Continues

    New Voting Laws Face Legal Challenges As Legislature-Supreme Court Standoff Continues

    The dispute between Republican legislative leadership and the state Supreme Court will likely continue after the legislative session ends. This as Montana joins several states in passing changes to voting laws — and those changes are already being challenged in court. And Friday, lawmakers reached a compromise on how to implement recreational marijuana.

    • 13 min
    Capitol Talk: Subpoena Standoff, COVID At The Capitol And 'Vaccine Passports'

    Capitol Talk: Subpoena Standoff, COVID At The Capitol And 'Vaccine Passports'

    COVID leads to the cancellation of floor sessions at the Legislature as the Republican leaders are in a subpoena standoff with the state Supreme Court. All this as a bill to ban abortion dies in the Senate, the governor tries to prohibit "vaccine passports" and a Montanan may become the next head of the Bureau of Land Management.

    • 13 min
    Legislature Acts On First Amendment Bill, Marijuana Legalization And Colstrip Guarantees

    Legislature Acts On First Amendment Bill, Marijuana Legalization And Colstrip Guarantees

    Gov. Gianforte is one of Montana's new cases of COVID. The marijuana bills are now in the Senate's lap. The House votes to abide by the First Amendment. The Republican PSC opposes a Republican Colstrip bill. And the Republican renaissance in Montana owes a lot to the legacy of former Governor Stan Stephens.

    • 13 min
    Native Voting Bill Killed, Restrictions On Transgender Athletes Could Be Costly

    Native Voting Bill Killed, Restrictions On Transgender Athletes Could Be Costly

    The "beast bill" heads to the Senate. The attorney general sues over restrictions on the use of federal COVID relief money. Montana could lose millions in federal education money because of a bill banning transgender students from participating in women's sports. A bill to make it easier for Native Americans to vote is killed. And a progressive blogger ends his long run as an influential gadfly.

    • 13 min
    Capitol Talk: Beasts, Budgets And Voting Rights

    Capitol Talk: Beasts, Budgets And Voting Rights

    Gov. Greg Gianforte makes headlines after trapping a Yellowstone wolf — while bills targeting wolves head toward passage. Republican lawmakers want to eliminate same-day voter registration. And the so-called "beast bill" — directing how billions in federal COVID relief money will be spent — crawls forward.

    • 12 min

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