The campaign rhetoric, struggles for political power and results of the 2020 election converge in the 67th meeting of the Montana legislature. Join us for The Session, a breakdown of the latest action we’re watching in the Montana statehouse, produced by Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Free Press.
Sine Die: What happened during Montana’s 2021 legislative session?
The 67th session of the Montana Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, April 29.
During lawmakers’ 80 days of work, 1,313 bills were introduced and as of mid-day Friday at least 302 had been signed into law.
In the final episode of The Session, Reporters from Montana Free Press, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Public Radio break down the outcomes.
Week 17: Last minute legislation and maneuvering
As of mid-day Friday, 1,313 bills have been introduced and at least 267 have been signed into law.
This week we’re watching how the Republican majority is spending their mandate from voters as the session is winding down and last-minute legislation.
Committee chairs and legislative leaders have said this may be the final week of the 67th session of the Montana Legislature. Big pieces of policy remain on the table, like the state budget, how lawmakers will divvy up federal coronavirus relief funds, the regulatory and tax mechanism for recreational marijuana, and GOP priorities with social policy and tax cuts.
Week 16: Separation of powers and the future of Colstrip
As of mid-day Friday, 1,297 bills have been introduced and at least 197 have been signed into law.
This week we’re watching a mounting dispute over separation of powers between the Legislature and the Montana Supreme Court. We’re also watching the debate on a bill that would incentivize the state’s largest utility to buy more of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant.
Week 15: Parental rights and competing tax bills for recreational marijuana
As of mid-day Friday, 1,282 bills had been introduced and at least 153 had been signed into law.
This week we’re watching the ideological split within the GOP over adult-use marijuana taxes, proposed changes to social safety net eligibility and parental rights.
Week 14: Piecing the state budget puzzle together
As of mid-day Friday, 1,271 bills had been introduced and at least 135 had been signed into law.
Major questions remain over new taxes cuts, funding state agencies, what to do with federal stimulus and recreational marijuana. Much of this work is under a Thursday deadline for appropriation and revenue bills, including regulations for marijuana, to move from one chamber to the other.
The federal stimulus in the American Rescue Plan Act has given lawmakers a lot more money to work with this session. Legislators are making plans for how to spend more than $2 billion in a bill nicknamed ‘the beast,’ which has passed the House and is now in the Senate.
Week 13: Judges, elections and recreational marijuana
As of mid-day Friday, 1,237 bills had been introduced and at least 74 had been signed into law. We’re hitting the time of the session when more are on the way.
This week we’re watching the legal marijuana bill take shape, lawmakers consider the former governor’s district court judge nominees and proposals to change elections in the state.
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I love this quick but informative brief every week that keeps me up to date with all the important news in the capital!
They’re clear, in depth and cut to the chase. Bravo!! Thanks for keeping me in the loop! 🤗
Only listened to one episode it was one dealing with conceal carry and trans issues. Of course when they were talking about guns after they finished they had a little blip on there about if you are wanting to commit suicide reach out to this number. I believe that shows they are left-leaning when they were talking about trans issues and how surgery could be life-saving due to causing depression they never mentioned anything about suicide then. Would definitely like to have them more non biased on the political spectrum.