"If he were rejected … it would spew chaos in the legal system," Yellowstone County District Court Judge Greg Todd told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.
"If I can’t set aside my own views and apply things even-handedly, then I don't belong in this job, frankly, and nor does anyone else," Judge Chris Abbott said.
The hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee marked the first time House Bills 112 and 427 were heard in the Senate after clearing the House.
Lawmakers resurrected a bill Monday to allow adult prison inmates in separate units at the youth correctional facility.
The Montana Senate is considering a bill that would make it illegal for doctors to help terminal patients take their own life.
As lawmakers move toward the midway point of the session, they're taking quick action on a wide variety of bills.
In 2020, the Montana Supreme Court ruled state and local law enforcement had no authority to honor civil federal immigration detainers.
Tensions between religious freedom legislation and LGBTQ rights have flared more than once in recent days.
"One thing I hear all the time is what are we going to do about these judges, all the decisions they make?" Sen. Steve Hinebauch, R-Wibaux, said Friday.
Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras said it is a "fiction" to call the Judicial Nominating Commission a nonpartisan body.
Four bills that would restrict access to abortion in Montana are on their way to the Senate floor after passing on party-line votes Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"This bill is about them fostering a good relationship and being able to work well together without a piano hanging over someone’s head," said Brian Thompson, a lobbyist for the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.
"We're going to continue to lead the country in the MMIP area," Sen. Jason Small, R-Busby, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
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Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats' demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it — a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.
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Montana’s U.S. senators say their positions on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are unchanged as more allegations of sexual misconduct surface against him.
The woman says she witnessed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s."
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A day after hearing emotional testimony in favor of a stricter Montana seat belt law, the bill was tabled by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Russell Foster, a Glasgow man who was convicted in 1996 of sexual intercourse without consent for having sex with the woman who is now his wif…