The session has been marked at moments by sharp partisan spats and for the first time held under a hybrid model that’s allowed for remote participation because of the pandemic.
The business equipment tax has long been a focus of business groups, including the Montana Chamber of Commerce, which has argued it limits business investment and impedes job growth.
Each week, bureau reporters Seaborn Larson and Sam Wilson, along with deputy bureau chief Tom Kuglin, bureau chief Holly Michels and host Thom Bridge, will take their work off the printed and digital page.
There’s only so much that can fit into a report, and there’s always much more tell.
The bill passed with more than two thirds of the vote, 68-32, in its initial hearing on the House floor.
Wednesday is the deadline for general bills that don't deal with money to advance from the chamber they originated in.
Lawmakers resurrected a bill Monday to allow adult prison inmates in separate units at the youth correctional facility.
Attorneys and judges had urged lawmakers to consider the consequences of campaign donors having branded judges who succeed on the ballot.
This year, the volume of bills Montana lawmakers heard as they crashed against the midpoint time frame was tremendous.
The bill is effective immediately after the governor signs it.
Friday saw plenty of legislation advancing and dying in the Montana Legislature.
Sen. Jeff Welborn said he believed it was long overdue that the board of outfitters see the changes, which he characterized as “common-sense.”
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission should be expanded from five to seven members with four of the governor appointees required to be landowners working in agriculture, said Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, on Thursday.
The bill, brought by Republican Rep. Derek Skees, got its first hearing Thursday in the House State Administration Committee.
Similar legislation has been vetoed in several previous sessions by Democratic governors, after being passed by Republican-dominated Legislatures.
Both bills are amalgamations of other legislation brought earlier in the session.
The bill ultimately failed to clear second reading in the House by a 44-56 vote.
The bill saw support from a number of parents but significant pushback from the medical community.