Helena Independent Record - Politics

Helena Police Department incidents reported Friday, April 19, 2019

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House bill extending economic development programs clears Legislature

A bill delaying the sunset on seven state economic development programs passed the Legislature on Thursday, now requiring only the signature of Gov. Steve Bullock to receive funding for the next eight years. Read more

New Montana VA director named

Veteran's health care in Montana has a new leader. Read more

Bill to help police, retailers with misdemeanor calls heads to governor

Retailers and peace officers disillusioned with criminal justice reforms passed two years ago notched a win Thursday, but it might be temporary. Read more

Firefighter Protection Act signed into law

Jack McConnell wants to be a firefighter someday. Read more

Bullock vetoes 3 bills, including Manzella bill on crime reporting

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed three bills Thursday before legislators left for an Easter break, drawing the ire of a Republican who carried legislation to reduce taxes on some Social Security income. Read more

House sets up third chance for "save Colstip" plan

A bill seen as key to reviving efforts to “Save Colstrip” was narrowly advanced by House lawmakers Thursday after receiving crucial support from Democrats. Read more

Legislature passes Medicaid expansion

The Montana Legislature on Thursday passed a bill to continue Medicaid expansion with the addition of work requirements and a six-year expiration date. Read more

Legislature passes $80 million bonding bill, state museum bill moves forward

For the first time since at least 2011, the state Legislature has passed a comprehensive infrastructure bonding bill to build projects large and small around the state. Read more

Montana regulators approve expansion of coal mine serving Colstrip

BILLINGS — State regulators have given final approval to a 70-million ton expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine that provides fuel to the Colstrip power plant. Read more

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