legislature

Rule Hiding Bill Legal Notes Clears Montana House

Feb 7, 2019
Eliza Wiley/MTFP

A rule to keep the Montana Legislature website from publishing legal notes flagging potentially unconstitutional bills cleared the Montana House Feb. 5 after a vote to strip the language from a broader rules package failed on largely partisan lines.

Moderates Emerge As Major Players In Montana Legislature

Jan 14, 2019
Shaylee Ragar/UM Community News Service

A loose-knit, ever-evolving group of Republican legislators is making waves and causing headaches in the 66th Montana Legislature.

They call themselves the “solutions caucus.”

It’s not a traditional caucus by any means: No barriers to entry, no specified leaders, nor a roster. Simply put, it’s a group of legislators who meet informally and talk about issues. They’ve branded themselves as independent, realistic thinkers in an environment that often feels deeply divided along party lines.