"In conclusion, the minority does not support the creation of committees for political theater," Democrats wrote in the report released Monday.
Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte has power to make direct appointments to fill judicial vacancies under a bill passed this session and being challenged before the state Supreme Court.
The committee chair said he had prepared a list of roughly 40 questions for the Supreme Court Administrator.
A Montana Senate committee on Friday tabled a bill on a party-line vote that aimed to close a loophole that allows religious residential treatment programs for troubled youth in Montana to operate without any state oversight.
Lawmakers heard debate on a bill Wednesday that aims to close a loophole that allows religious residential treatment programs for troubled youth in Montana to operate without any state oversight.
Montana lawmakers will hear a bill Wednesday that aims to close a loophole that allows religious organizations to run residential treatment programs for troubled youth without any state oversight.
"Certainly, I think it's got to be one of the bigger conversations for the second half of the legislative session," said Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula.
After a second meeting Tuesday morning, the chairs settled on all allowing for members of the public to testify over platforms like Zoom.
"70 percent of Montana households with kids under 18 have a working mom and rely on that woman for income. So it really does affect all of our Montana communities."
The state prison director on Tuesday told a legislative committee the parole board has found few inmates who qualify for early release due to concerns of COVID-19.
The amendment states that the party opposes "unnecessary and dangerous 'use of force' methods when arresting or restraining persons suspected of committing a crime."
The Montana Department of Corrections director told state lawmakers on Tuesday the agency's "greatest success" is its low COVID-19 case count. The department, however, has tested only seven people of the 1,800 in custody.
As e-cigarette popularity burned hot with Montana’s youth in recent years, vaping lobbyists spent more than a half-million dollars attempting to influence public policy.
Mingled expressions of gratitude and frustration greeted the news that Montana's health department had removed all 27 children from the Ranch for Kids in remote Rexford and suspended the private program's license.
Two men killed during the devastating fire season of 2017 are being memorialized this week in the Treasure State.
The oversight of private residential treatment programs for troubled teens in Montana no longer rests in the hands of program owners who, for the past 12 years, have regulated the same programs they operate.
It's now illegal for staff and therapists at private residential treatment programs for troubled teens to have sexual relationships with the teens they treat — even if those clients are 16, the age of consent in Montana.
Gov. Steve Bullock added a layer of protection for students in alternative residential treatment programs on Thursday when he signed a bill criminalizing sexual relationships between students and staff, regardless of the student’s age.
The Montana Legislature sent Gov. Steve Bullock a bill Thursday to move oversight of the private teen treatment industry to the state health department, ending 16 years of a system that essentially let an industry catering to troubled teens and desperate parents police itself.
The case of a Bitterroot bounty hunter who terrorized a family in pursuit of a man who missed a court hearing has now splayed into a civil lawsuit that seeks to hold the bail bondsman and its insurance companies accountable for what civil rights groups are calling "predatory behavior."
A bill to eliminate the self-regulating model for private residential programs for troubled kids passed the Senate Wednesday with amendments approved by the House.
A bill to shift oversight of private residential programs for troubled teens to the Department of Public Health and Human Services passed the House Wednesday and will move to the Senate floor for a final vote.
A bill to shift oversight of private residential treatment programs for troubled teens cleared a legislative House panel by a wide margin on Wednesday, but not before a Great Falls lawmaker added an amendment erasing requirements that staff be qualified.