"This is yet another unconstitutional effort to politicize the courts, and it must be checked," the plaintiffs' attorneys wrote.
"In conclusion, the minority does not support the creation of committees for political theater," Democrats wrote in the report released Monday.
"There has been no misuse of state resources," Chief Justice Mike McGrath wrote in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.
The committee chair said he had prepared a list of roughly 40 questions for the Supreme Court Administrator.
Republican lawmakers in the last week have sought to investigate the Supreme Court on matters including email retention and using state computers to coordinate lobbying efforts.
The select committee announced seeks to "continue investigating the conduct and practices of the Montana Judiciary," a GOP spokesperson said in an email Wednesday.
Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte is expected to sign the bill.
“It’s amazing how in two days you can have more than 3 billion good ideas,” said Sen. Ryan Osmundson, R-Buffalo.
Montana lawmakers have revived a dress code that drew accusations of sexism when it was first introduced ahead of the 2015 legislative session before being tabled without ever taking effect.
“That effectively puts about $12 million back in the pockets of families and local communities to recirculate and grow our economy,” said Rep. Emma Kerr-Carpenter.
"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.
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 bill passed with more than two thirds of the vote, 68-32, in its initial hearing on the House floor.
This year, the volume of bills Montana lawmakers heard as they crashed against the midpoint time frame was tremendous.
"You weren't here at the roundup and you were unexcused, so you don't get to vote in the meeting," Rep. Derek Skees said.
The bill is called the Youth Health Protection Act, the same name as House Bill 113 brought by Republican Rep. John Fuller in January.
Gianforte said those protections were one of the requirements needed for him to lift the statewide mask mandate.
The state House gave initial approval Monday to a bill the sponsor said will provide liability protections to the state's businesses over expo…
As House Bill 112 moved through the Montana House Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, the chorus of voices against the legislation grew louder.
A small group of lawmakers Friday adopted measures that "highly recommend" and "highly encourage" things like mask use and temperature checks …