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Montana Lawmakers meet during an online video chat.
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Montana lawmakers on June 9 formed a bipartisan working group to consider the possibility of a remote 2021 legislative session. Legislators also sparred over the importance of wearing face masks during physical meetings amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

A ballot shows the Republican candidates for the Montana Secretary of State primary election June 2, 2020.
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The Montana Secretary of State oversees elections and election laws, maintains records on legislation and business filings, and serves on the state Board of Land Commissioners, among other duties. Seven candidates are vying for the position in the primary election.

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Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Woodrow Johnston's name. The story has been updated.

A Montana Republican primary candidate for Secretary of State is calling an ethics complaint lodged against her on Jan. 27  by Montana Democrats a “desperate attack.” The current Chief of Staff for Secretary of State says Democrats have nothing on her.

  

A former head of the Montana Republican party is entering the 2020 race for the state’s lone seat in the U.S House. 

Debra Lamm is now the fifth Republican in the party’s primary race for the House seat, which the GOP has held for more than two decades.

Scott Sales
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Candidates for statewide offices in Montana are gearing up for next year’s primaries. Republican State Senator Scott Sales announced in March he’s running for Secretary of State. He recently spoke with YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl about election security and his plans to develop communication with the County Clerks and Recorders.

Two men stand waving the pride flag
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It’s national Pride Month and, in Montana, Big Sky Pride is responsible for dropping by a different community annually and holding a series of events to celebrate. It’s one of the only groups currently doing so in the state.

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The special session of the Montana Legislature got underway with lawmakers still at odds with the Bullock Administration on how to deal with the projected $227 million budget shortfall. One sticking point remains over a proposal to accept $30 million in exchange for extending the contract for a private prison in Shelby another 10 years should be part of the mix. 

The Montana State Capitol building in Helena.
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The pace is picking up at the Montana Legislature. A Senate committee has begun its work on the state’s main budget bill, less than a week after receiving it from the House.

Welcome to Capitol Connections. I’m Jackie Yamanaka. This week, we’ll check in with Senate President Scott Sales, but first an update on funding for early childhood and special education.