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Montana Lawmakers Finalize Federal Coronavirus Relief Spending Plan

Montana’s spending plan for roughly $2 billion in federal coronavirus aid is heading to a committee of legislative leaders to put final touches on the outline.

The wide-ranging framework passed out of the Senate last week establishes how the state will spend the bulk of its stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, including those tied to business grants, health services and local government spending.

Amendments to the spending bill must now be reconciled between the House and Senate, before it can head to the governor’s desk.

Bill sponsor and Kalispell Republican Rep. Frank Garner said, as expected, more work is needed on technical amendments and to clarify how cities and counties can use matching grant funds.

Kevin Trevellyan is Yellowstone Public Radio's Report for America statehouse reporter.