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Five To Follow: Week Of Feb. 18 At The Montana Legislature

Feb 19, 2019
John Adams/MTFP

Lawmakers will debate e-cigarettes, internet speeds, rock ’n’ roll and more as the 66th Montana Legislature starts its seventh week of the session.

All committee hearings are open to the public, and anyone can comment in favor or opposition to a bill. Alternatively, committee hearings can be streamed live on the Montana Legislative Branch website.

Here are our highlights of hearings to follow the week of Feb. 18.

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.