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The campaign rhetoric, struggles for political power and results of the 2022 election converge in the 68th meeting of the Montana Legislature. Join us Monday mornings for The Session — a breakdown of the latest action we’re watching in the statehouse, produced by Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Free Press.

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The campaign rhetoric, struggles for political power and results of the 2022 election converge in the 68th meeting of the Montana Legislature. Join us Monday mornings for The Session — a breakdown of the latest action we’re watching in the statehouse, produced by Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Free Press.

    The Session Week 17: Time is running out

    The Session Week 17: Time is running out

    There are only a few days left in the 2023 legislative session. The recent decision to ban Missoula Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr from the House floor derailed legislative business. Host Mara Silvers and reporters Shaylee Ragar, Eric Dietrich and Amanda Eggert discuss what to expect in the final days of the session and the last minute deals on the budget and housing policy.
    Join us for a live recording of The Session May 10 at 7 p.m. as we discuss the major developments from the 2023 session and what lies ahead for the laws created in the statehouse these last few months. 
    Save your virtual seat here and submit your questions about the 68th legislative session using this survey link.
     

    • 11 min
    The Session Week 16: Tensions are running high

    The Session Week 16: Tensions are running high

    As the 2023 legislative session sprints to the finish line, tensions are running high over bills targeting transgender Montanans and environmental regulation. Host Corin Cates-Carney and reporters Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Ellis Juhlin, and Mara Silvers discuss what to expect in the final days of the legislature as lawmakers scramble to reach sine die.

    • 12 min
    The Session Week 15: Housing policy, school choice, and a historic number of bills

    The Session Week 15: Housing policy, school choice, and a historic number of bills

    Host Nadya Faulx and reporters Shaylee Ragar, Eric Dietrich, and Alex Sakariassen discuss lawmakers finding agreement to advance housing zoning policy,  the unclear future on housing subsidies, dueling visions of what school choice policy should look like in Montana and legislative staff working thousands of hours of overtime to keep up with all the bills.

    • 13 min
    The Session Week 14: Last-minute bills, LGBTQ rights and a jungle primary

    The Session Week 14: Last-minute bills, LGBTQ rights and a jungle primary

    Last week was another major deadline for lawmakers to pass bills out of one house and send them to the other. We saw hundreds of bills move through both chambers, and saw a push from lawmakers to introduce new legislation in time to meet that deadline, including some that opponents say would have a "chilling" effect on legal challenges to state decisions, and one that would create a jungle primary in Montana -- but for only one race.
     
     
     

    • 12 min
    The Session Week 13: Constitutional amendments, affordable housing, and climate

    The Session Week 13: Constitutional amendments, affordable housing, and climate

    As we enter the home stretch of the 2023 legislative session, Republican lawmakers have proposed a slew of constitutional amendments ahead of a looming deadline. At the same time, lawmakers are debating measures to address the affordable housing crisis in the state and proposing rules about what local governments should and shouldn't be able to do about climate change. 
    Montana Public Radio's Corin Cates-Carney talks about all these measures and more with Montana Free Press's Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Eric Dietrich, and Amanda Eggert, and Yellowstone Public Radio's Kayla Desroches.

    • 12 min
    The Session Week 12: GOP controls the budget and lawmakers collaborate on elk management

    The Session Week 12: GOP controls the budget and lawmakers collaborate on elk management

    A 14 billion dollar budget passed out of the Montana House with support from the Republican supermajority. Democrats don’t have the power to change it, but they still tried. 
    Host Nadya Faulx and reporters Eric Dietrich, Ellis Juhlin, and Arren Kimbel-Sannit discuss the debate over how the state should spend tax dollars. 
    The spending plan calls for a deal to send state inmates to an out-of-state private prison. 
    And a package of legislation could change how and where people can hunt elk. 
     More legislative coverage: 
    Budget bill clears House debate with GOP support, Democratic critique 
    What to know about the budget bill moving through the Legislature
     
     

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Markforest ,

Excellent Coverage of 2023 Legislative Issues

Thank you for your in-depth and timely news stories concerning various topics and issues being addressed by the Montana 2923 Legislature.

MightYHeidee ,

These guys know their stuff

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! 🤗

Ty406 ,

Left leaning

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.

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